Committee recommends moving Teach Elementary
November 8, 2013
A 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.