UPDATE: Dr. Phyllis Edwards official response to the concerned parents can be read HERE. Of particular note, she says that one of the ECLC sites cannot be used for trailers because that proposed piece of property must be used to expand and upgrade the playground.
A week after receiving a letter from a group of concerned parents about the recent decision by Superintendent Phyllis Edwards to move three pre-K classes to the Clairemont Elementary School campus, CSD Communications Director Bruce Roaden tells DM that the Superintendent is “exploring options for where we will place the pre-kindergarten students (if not at Clairemont).”
The letter, written and signed by eight CSD parents, asked the Superintendent to reconsider her recent decision to move two pre-K classes at Decatur High School and one at Oakhurst Elementary to Clairemont’s campus, citing worries that adding classrooms will lead to future overcrowding at the elementary school and wouldn’t be in the best interests of CSD’s long-term development plans.
The CSD parents go on to list possible alternatives to adding a second portable classroom to the Clairemont campus, including locating pre-K at CSD’s Westchester administration offices or adding a trailer at College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center. More specifically regarding ECLC, the group identified “considerable space inside the rear property line” of the ECLC “and a particularly intriguing space that extended a bit outside the line (to McKoy Park)”.
In a meeting with Superintendent Edwards last week about their concerns, both parties advocated more mutual trust between parents and the CSD administration, according to resident Don Calder. But it wasn’t until this morning that I received word from Mr. Roaden that the Superintendent would actually be considering other pre-K location options.
According to Mr. Roaden, Superintendent Edwards will officially reply to the parents with a letter of her own in the coming days and when we receive that, perhaps it will become even clearer which options are still on the table and when we may hear a decision. (“Classroom use”, including portables, are part of the Superintendent’s operational responsibility, according to Roaden.)
In the mean time, hats off to the parents for succinctly stating their concerns and proposing alternatives AND to the Superintendent for taking the time to hear and consider these ideas.