The Calexico School Board decided to table permanently the possible closure of Main Elementary School in Calexico.
The School Board had its regular meeting this past Thursday night at Cesar Chavez Elementary School where several concerned parents, teachers, and students about the possible closing of Mains. The item was brought up by Trustee Gloria Romo who requested to be put on the agenda the possible closing of Main’s Elementary. The idea was brought up about three years ago by former Superintendent David Groesbeck.
Before the public comments began, Trustee Norma Aguilar said that she wanted to make it public that she opposed the closing Mains Elementary. Aguilar presided over the meeting in the absence of Board President Ruth Duarte.
The proposal was to close Mains Elementary School and have it become one as Blanche Charles Elementary School with the current number of teachers and students. The agenda item was an informational item only and no action was going to be taken. There was no backup information provided for this agenda item either.
Several teachers, parents, and students spoke against the closing of Mains and questioned why the Board would consider this if it would be detrimental of Mains students.
Trustee Joong Kim read a statement saying he has received many complaints from concerned citizens from the west side of Calexico about the closing of Mains. Kim recommended gathering the facts and getting hard evidence before a vote is made to close any school. Kim said to be disappointed in the fact that Gloria Romo did not reach out to the community on the west side of Calexico.
“The Calexico Unified School District belongs to the community and we need to listen to our community before making any drastic decisions.” Kim said.
The Board voted 3-1 to table permanently this item with Gloria Romo voting against it.