The Paso Robles School Board held a study session Saturday to discuss how best to spend the money remaining from the $90 million raised by the Measure M School Bond. One of the issues is how to draw school boundaries once the schools are renovated.
The $90 million dollar raised with the Measure M school has about $30 million left. PRJUSD Chief Business Officer Brad Pawlowski talked about some of the issues facing the school PRJUSD, and how they evolved. A committee formed to investigate school closure previously recommended the closure of George Brown School and consolidate students in the other schools, but the board is now considering two other options.
Option A would send the dual immersion students at Georgia Brown to Glenn Speck Elementary School on Vine Street, when it is completely rebuilt. Glenn Speck students, who have spent the last two years in portables at Flamson Middle School, would spend 2-3 more years in those portables while Georgia Brown is renovated.
Option B would keep the status quo. Speck students would remain at Speck School, and Georgia Brown would be renovated for dual immersion students.
PRJUSD staff is pushing for Option A, but there is resistance from parents whose children attend Speck School.
After two hours of presentation, the public was allowed to speak for the final hour. Some asked questions which will not be answered until Tuesday night’s meeting.
No final decision was made Saturday at the study session. It was only an informational meeting. The final decision will be made Tuesday night at the regular school board meeting of the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District.