As mentioned in today’s Review, Hayward Unified will hold off closing Markham Elementary for another year, and possibly two other campuses if trustees take action on the matter next month.
Feel free to discuss the decision here, but I’m also curious to hear your thoughts regarding board member Dr. Sarah Gonzales’ comments about the “gross inequities” within the district.
While some campuses house a few hundred students, others are bursting at the seams with about 800 students. One parent compared the overcrowding issues to packing students like a can of sardines.
For those of you who were unable to cough up the hefty admission cost to Wednesday’s spectacle at City Hall or don’t subscribe to Pay Per View (I’m joking), Gonzales expressed concerns about district school sizes.
Hayward Unified’s optimal school sizes at the elementary level is about 650 to 750 students.
“The optimal size of 750 students isn’t so optimal anymore,” she said Wednesday evening, which was followed by a standing ovation by parents and teachers who favor smaller schools.