School changes outlined in open house


On Tuesday evening the Unified School District will host an Open House at Lincoln Elementary for parents/guardians of current second and third-graders attending Highland Park and Jefferson Schools. 

It is to inform parents of district plans next fall to move some grades at these two schools to recently renovated rooms at Lincoln School to help alleviate overcrowding.

Beginning at 7 p.m. March 4, this event will originate in the lunch room and will inform parents of the transition occurring at the start of the 2014-15 school year as well as get them acquainted with the school campus.

“We’re going to be talking with parents and helping them get comfortable with the layout of the building and answer any questions they might have,’ said Lincoln Principal John Gorton. “With change, you create anxiety; it makes for anxious moments for parents. It’s my hope we can relieve a good deal of those anxieties and put people at ease with the entire process.”

With last summer’s successful renovation project at Lincoln, several new classrooms were opened up, allowing for classes to be restructured around the district. Gorton said by moving some grades around, the overcrowding occurring at Highland Park and Jefferson will hopefully be alleviated.

“This is the first time we are doing something like this for the parents, but the students are invited as well,” Gorton said. “We’re expecting about 80 second-graders to be transitioning over to Lincoln next fall for third grade. We’re really moving over two grade levels at one time, instead of just one like we have in the past.”

Third-graders already transition to Lincoln.

Gorton said Tuesday’s Open House will start with a Q&A session in the lunch room explaining how a typical day at Lincoln is scheduled and other general information. That will be followed by an opportunity for parents and their kids to wander around the school and get acquainted with the building.

“Superintendent Keith Campbell and I will be here to help with any questions parents might have,” Gorton said. “The kids are welcome to attend, and it should be a good event.”