An impending boundary change for Laguna Beach schools has sparked
opinions, thoughts and concerns among district officials and parents over
what would be the best course of action.
The change was necessitated in order to balance the enrollment at both
El Morro and Top of the World schools. Projections for next year’s
enrollments are 465 for El Morro and 720 for Top of the World.
This year will create a new problem of filling classrooms.
Construction and expansion of El Morro will leave some of the classrooms
empty with enrollment rising.
At the May 14 Board of Education meeting the board discussed the
causes and some possible solutions, but Laguna Beach Unified Supt.
Theresa Daem said they needed more time to assess, study and meet with
PTA and parents to get their input before bringing their determination to
the board at the next board meeting May 28.
Daem has addressed the issues extensively at five different meetings:
with the El Morro staff, the Top of the World staff and PTA, Dawn Mirone
of Laguna Beach Unified Faculty Assn. and El Morro PTA.
The meeting on Monday morning at Top of the World was packed with
concerned parents and was contentious.
The agenda of the meeting addressed a description of the problem,
steps to be taken, status of work to date, realistic options and a
question and answer session with suggestions.
There are four proposed boundary changes: one would move all
kindergartners to El Morro; the second would move Aliso Viejo
kindergartners, first- and second-graders from Top of the World to El
Morro; a third would transfer Top of the World students enrolled in the
CLC program to El Morro, which is seen as the least-effective option.
The fourth option is the complete redistribution of kindergarten
through fifth-grade students to Top of the World.
The exact plan has not been decided yet and will be announced next
Tuesday at the board meeting.