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Superintendent Seeks Input at Meetings on Repurposed Schools

David Weiss to speak at East School PTA meetings Monday and Wednesday.

East School, 456 Neptune Blvd. in Long Beach. (Credit: Joseph Kellard)
East School, 456 Neptune Blvd. in Long Beach. (Credit: Joseph Kellard)

David Weiss, superintendent of Long Beach School District, will speak on various proposals to repurpose the district’s schools at a PTA meeting at East School on Monday.  

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At the meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. at the school at 456 Neptune Blvd., Weiss will present the proposals that were deemed the most educationally viable in a report of the Facilities Utilization Study Group, which were present to the Board of Education at meetings in November and December, and he will listen to input from parents. 

The four proposals currently on the table are as follows: 

Option B detailed the repurposing of East School as an administration building, without any change in grade configurations at the other three elementary schools.

Option C involved reconfiguring Lido School as an early learning center for pre-K through first grade. Under this plan, East, West and Lindell schools would serve grades two through five.

Option D called for reconfiguring Lido, East and West schools to serve pre-K through grade two. Under this plan, Lindell would serve as an intermediate school for all students in grades three to five and administration offices would be housed at Lido School.

Option E called for the repurposing of East School as an administration building, while reconfiguring Lido and West schools as primary schools serving pre-K through grade two. Under this plan, Lindell would serve as an intermediate school serving all students in grades three to five.

“This is a PTA meeting, not an open meeting,” Weiss told Patch about Monday’s meeting. “There will be an open board of education meeting on Tuesday and a forum on the issue next Tuesday. I am soliciting thoughts and comments from the parents.”

Weiss will also make a presentation of the four options at the board meeting at Middle School on Tuesday, starting at 7:30 p.m., in which he will also speak about projected staffing, costs, transportation details and transition plans for each option, and during at an East School PTA meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

“Please make every effort to attend at least one of these meetings,” reads an announcement about the Monday and Wednesday meetings on East School PTA website. “Decisions that the Board of Education are going to have an impact on your child, other children of the community and the future of our district. These decision may also impact class size and home values.”

The board will hold a community forum to gather further input on the proposals on Jan. 21.
moe January 14, 2014 at 09:02 AM
Listen the net is wiess and the school board want this kept as quite and in the dark as possible because when you pull back the curtain you will see they are making the numbers up and have no basis in fact. They have yet to show anyone the actual dollars or back up on how they are making this decision. Start looking for candidates to run against Ryan and Gallagher come Nov and sweep them out!
paul.d.spellman January 14, 2014 at 09:06 AM
TI, The problem with Long Beach, is that it is mostly comprised of an uniformed electorate. Or they are crazy like a fox. People advocating for candidates to run for the school board in November will be 6 months late since the School Board elections are held in May.
moe January 14, 2014 at 09:11 AM
LoL. Good point! As you can see I have not paid much attention to the school board elections. So in that case we need candidates now who can start campaigning for May! And yes you are right and I have said it before , apathy will be the downfall of this great country especially when you yield control to the loons!
Misty January 14, 2014 at 12:17 PM
People can speculate and make presentations for the ideas they think are the best all day long. Until the actual monetary value of any repurposing of a school building is in writing, there is no merit or value to what is being proposed. The school board has never really been known to be visionaries, so I am reluctant to trust their judgment for any movement. Enrollment may be down now, but it is cyclical and we may have enrollment that returns to "normal" in the next five years. Where, then, do we place those extra students?
DreamGirl January 14, 2014 at 01:32 PM
C.a.v.e. people beware of them. Lmao. I wonder do any of you have kids in school now or ever?

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