A roomful of Buena-Clinton area parents asked for one thing: that their children, students at Skylark school, receive the same treatment as all the other students in the district.
Skylark school was the major topic of non-agenda discussion for Tuesday’s Garden Grove Unified School District board meeting because the school is undergoing renovations as a part of the Measure A modernization bond.
The 500 students and staff are being split among three schools: Riverdale, Clinton and Eisenhower.
Although many other schools in the district have had to move to accommodate the changes their schools are undertaking, Skylark is the only one to be split between multiple campuses because of the high number of students.
“Please take a second, make a difference and help keep the students at Skylark together,” said eighth grader Yesly Tonoko.
Parents asked in English and in Spanish, depending on their comfort, that the board reconsider their decision.
Prior to 1995, the children in Buena-Clinton attended three separate campuses in the neighborhood.
After that point, Skylark, which had been closed since 1980, was reopened seven miles away to accommodate the students and put them all at one location
Before the single campus, recalled the parents, gangs, drugs and graffiti were rampant and the community’s childhood education suffered.
“We were considered the worst slum in Orange County. We are afraid that we will lose the unity that we have built,” said Marisol Campos.
The main concern was that trouble would start up again for the students if they were moved elsewhere.
“I respectfully request the school board reconsider the relocation. I have 15 years living in Buena Clinton and I have seen the progress in the community . . .You’re going to divide the whole community,” said Naomi Hernandez.
“There is the emotional struggle of being accepted or rejected by the other students at other schools. These years are the base ground for the child’s formation. We want our students to have the same opportunity as the students at the other schools. Please do what you can to keep the Skylark students and teachers together.”
Although the item was not a topic for vote for the night, President George West assured the crowd that GGUSD would continue to work for a solution. According to Public Information Officer Alan Trudell, the GGUSD is trying to work with parents to get the best preference in place.