During last week's San Bruno Park School Board meeting, trustee Dr. Henry Sanchez cited an issue that stirred up a significant amount of controversy last school year.
Sanchez noted that there will be 20 combination classes taught throughout the district this school year—five more than last year.
The reason, he said, was simple: the school district didn't close any schools.
While Superintendent David Hutt said because of the need to save money and reduce the number of combination classes—reasons prompted by the decision to move all sixth graders to Parkside Intermediate—parents rejected that idea and chastised the school district. The and voted against closing any schools.
Sanchez said the result will be a reality many might not have anticipated: one teacher responsible for educating a large number of students in different grades.
"People didn’t realize that not closing any schools resulted in an increase in combination classes," Sanchez said to nearly empty audience at last week's meeting.
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