Committee recommends moving Teach Elementary

November 8, 2013

TeachA committee appointed by the San Luis Coastal Unified School District superintendent is recommending moving accelerated learning school Teach Elementary to a new location. [Tribune]

Earlier this year, the San Luis Coastal school board discussed closing Teach, which is a 4th through 6th grade school that shares a campus with Bishop’s Peak Elementary. Some members of the board expressed philosophical opposition to the existence of an accelerated learning school, and Superintendent Eric Prater suggested that the district should impose a moratorium on 4th grade enrollment to ease overcrowding.

After outcry from the public, the board chose not to impose the enrollment moratorium and opted instead to allow Prater to appoint members to a committee tasked with making recommendations about accelerated learning and the space shortage at Teach.

On Tuesday, the committee, comprised of staff, administrators, education experts and community members, presented its recommendations to the school board.

The committee suggested moving Teach to a new location by the 2014-2015 school year. It proposed six locations spanning San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay and Los Osos.

Prater said there are issues with each of the locations. The superintendent will make his recommendations on the future of Teach at the November 19 board meeting.

In addition to suggesting moving Teach, the committee recommended implementing the education program STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) into all upper elementary classrooms in the district.

Prater has suggested STEAM as an alternative to maintaining Teach.

The committee also suggested purchasing tablets or laptops for all upper elementary students and providing more math training for teachers.



I would like to suggest that instead of creating a new campus that Teach School be moved to the old Morro Bay Elementary School which has plenty of class space and a computer room that was built before San Luis Coastal decided to mothball the school. It could save a lot of money.


Haha, look at you! Trying to point out an obvious way to save money! This is not how the SLCUSD operates, thankyouverymuch!


Are you referring to Sunnyside Elementary school


Oops…that’s in Los Osos.


POINT ONE: “… the committee, comprised of staff, administrators, education experts…” Now is that third group of participants an oxymoron or what!

POINT TWO: “Some members of the board expressed philosophical opposition to the existence of an accelerated learning school…” I have a tough time understanding what logic could result in objecting to an accelerated learning school. Could this possibly be another

example of the anti-intellectual bias which infests many American’s world views? Pity.

Sarah Bellum

I’m under the impression that the objection stems not from anti-intellectualism but to devoting additional resources to privileged children.


Many “additional resources'” are being devoted to the lower 5% of the academically

capable students; in the interest of parity, it only seems equitable to do the same with the upper 5% of the scale.Besides, as an investment in the future of this society, they are a lot better investment.


Sarah, the “privileged children” by your definition are the ones who have the hardest time learning (whether by choice or by disabilities). No Child Left Behind has assured that smart (or otherwise gifted) kids are, indeed, left behind in the public school system.


If anyone considers the students at Teach “privileged” then s/he has neglected to do her/his homework. The students at Teach are more culturally and economically diverse than many other elementary schools in the district.