January 9, 2014
Dear Beverly Cleary Families,
As I indicated to you in my last newsletter article, Beverly Cleary School has become a “victim” of our own success. We have had over a ten percent increase in enrollment from 2012-2013, which, when combined with larger than anticipated increases over previous years, has put us in a very precarious situation. To put it simply, we have run out of room. The news is out about the quality of education found at Beverly Cleary, and my thinking tells me we are a school families want their children to attend. This dynamic is likely the reason we have significant overcrowding that needs immediate attention. Many of you have probably welcomed new families into your neighborhoods, so you have witnessed first-hand some of the reasons for the growth. Interestingly, we registered seven new students on Monday, which is unusual for us after a break.
Many of you probably received an announcement earlier in the week from the BCS PTA inviting you to attend a meeting next Thursday January 16th at 6:45 p.m. in the BCF cafeteria. I am sending this as an additional reminder to encourage you to attend and hear the options the District is proposing to address our overcrowding for the 2014-2015 school year. As has been stated, these options are ones, which the District is considering for next school year, because we have simply outgrown the capacities of both buildings.
Along with Melissa Dragich, Lisa Newlyn and me, Judy Brennan, Director of Enrollment and Transfer, Karl Logan Regional Administrator for the Grant/Madison Clusters and Bob Alexander from the District’s Facilities’ Department will be in attendance. The aforementioned District staff will be presenting the options being considered by PPS to alleviate the overcrowding. They will also be letting parents know about the process and presenting a timeline for the final decision. Additionally, on January 17th and January 21st District staff will be in both buildings before and after school with information as well as to answer any questions you might have.
This is a very important meeting, and I’m hopeful you will join us. Whatever decision PPS makes will impact all of us. I believe it is critical parents are informed about the upcoming changes for our school.
Thank you for considering your attendance,