By Jay Seidel
La Habra Journal
The road has been cleared for the La Habra City School District to proceed with its reconfiguration plan after the School Board voted unanimously to approve the outlined changes. The plan will make all the campuses, aside from Washington and Imperial, into transitional kindergarten to sixth grade. One exception will be Las Positas and Imperial Middle School. Los Positas will be TK to fifth grade and Imperial will remain as a middle school. LHCSD Superintendent Joanne Culverhouse said she is excited for the district and looking forward to moving forward with the reconfiguration. Culverhouse worked to get input from all the various parties before moving forward. She spoke with parents, teachers, school staff, principals and community organizations to solicit input from them about the possibility of a change. The schools will resemble magnet schools, meaning while they will all focus on standard education, they will have a specialty area for students to build on their education. Culverhouse used the example of a cupcake to describe the school. They will all have the same” great tasting base cake” but will have “different frostings.” The breakdown of the various schools and their “frosting” can be found on Page 4. The LHCSD adopted the K-3, 4-6, 7-8 configuration in the early 1970s. It then changed to K-2, 3-5 and 6-8 in 1980. The new configuration will have children staying at the same school longer. Jeff Garcia, president of the Sierra Vista/Ladera Palma PTA said that the new structure will allow for a “stronger parental investment with each particular school.” The first phase, which will begin soon, will be creating kindergarten playgrounds at Walnut, Las Positas and Sierra Vista. Adjustments will continue the remainder of the school year.
For more information and for updates, Culverhouse encouraged people to see their website at: lahabraschools.org.