What’s this really about?

By From page A8 | March 19, 2013

The school district is trying to decide if the secondary schools should be reconfigured to 9-12, instead of the current 10-12. What’s funny is that many junior high teachers think this is more about placing Da Vinci High at a secondary site. Harper fears Da Vinci wants to move to its site, because it was built as a junior high school that could be converted to a high school.

Holmes thinks it will be the new Da Vinci high site, because it is closer to Davis High School, where Da Vinci High students could continue to take specialty classes and participate in sports, drama and music programs.

Emerson thinks, duh, the last big conversation about reconfiguring to 9-12 had several options where Da Vinci High (then located on the Davis High campus) moved to Emerson. It is also the site of the current Da Vinci junior high program.

The last discussion of reconfiguration resulted in Da Vinci High moving from DHS to the Valley Oak elementary site, where the elementary school had been closed the year before and upgrades were made to accommodate secondary students.

I believe this debate about 9-12 is really about Da Vinci. When will we have a second full high school in Davis? When will Harper convert to a high school with its own sports, music, language and electives program? What criteria will be used?

Or is this about closing elementary sites? Shifting ninth-graders to the high schools, moving sixth-graders to the junior highs (a middle school model), leaving capacity at elementary sites such that two elementary sites could close.

District office, Davis Board of Education, what is the problem that you are trying to solve?

Cathy Haskell

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