Santa Ana Unified creating a K-8 by moving elementary school, upsetting some parents – Orange County Register

SANTA ANA —  Javier Hernandez walked his three boys to Romero Cruz Elementary Friday morning, ushering them in with a good-bye kiss to each.

In the fall, to the dismay of many parents at this small campus, those drop-offs and picks-ups will take place almost a mile away.

The Santa Ana Unified School District alerted parents last week it will be transferring the students to Spurgeon Intermediate School, where officials are looking to create a K-8, dual-immersion school.

“It’s not what we want. But they decided it without our input,” Hernandez said.

At Spurgeon, Principal Stuart Caldwell said his staff is preparing to welcome the 256 fourth- and fifth-graders who make up the elementary school, along with its principal and all its teachers.

Spurgeon houses close to 1,000 students in sixth through eighth grades. But it once had as many as 1,800, Caldwell said, and is set up to accommodate more.

“We use every space, but we can consolidate and use space more efficiently,” he said.

Beginning in 2018, other grades will be added one year at a time.

Parents have asked Santa Ana Unified School District for another K-8 school and more dual-immersion programs, which teach children to be bi-literate, said Deidra Powell, the district’s spokeswoman.  …

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