PHOTO BY BETTY LEE
By EMMA CHANG
The Hacienda La Puente Unified School District (HLPUSD) hosted a district-wide reconfiguration forum in the media center on Wednesday, Nov. 15.
The conference addressed a modification proposed by the district regarding the decline in enrollment rates. Parents and faculty attended the conference to provide their input on reconfiguration plans that will impact the community.
According to HLPUSD facilitator Mark Hansberger, reconfiguration meetings are ample opportunities for the district to receive community feedback.
“The two issues driving this reconfiguration are our decline in enrollment and the 7/11 bond made for modernizing schools. These meetings help the board decide what is needed before any money is spent,” Hansberger said.
The modification discussed proposes a new grade interval that will subdivide schools into grades K-2, 3-5, 6-9 and 10-12. The district hopes that these reconfigurations will bring forth higher enrollment rates and student achievement.
According to one Grazide Elementary School teacher, the proposed changes will cause inconveniences for families in the community.
“The district should address the effect the changes can have on families, [as] some will be forced to adjust their daily lives to accommodate. There are other ways to [increase] our enrollment rates without disrupting students and families.”
Prior to the new proposals, the district attempted to modernize schools in 2006, but decided that a new course of action would be needed after closing two schools involved.
In addition, another parent agrees that any change is better than no change at all.
“If the best solution is to reconfigure our schools, then I am willing to [give it] a try to bring up our enrollment rates. Our schools need change, and if that means [modifying] grade levels, then the [community] should encourage it.”
HLPUSD’s decision is tentatively set to be announced in the spring of 2018.
Some names and identities have been excluded to protect the privacy of individuals.