FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BHUSD Board of Education Approves the Reconfiguration of K-8 Schools
First Consolidated Middle School in Beverly Hills Unified School District History will be at Beverly Vista
El Rodeo Will Go Off-Line for Two-Year Construction
November 1, 2018 -- Beverly Hills, CA - In a historical decision on Tuesday, October 30, the Beverly Hills Unified School District Board of Education voted 3-0 (with 2 abstentions) to approve the reconfiguration of the (four) K-8 Schools to (two) TK-5 schools to be located at Hawthorne and Horace Mann, and (one) 6-8 consolidated middle school at Beverly Vista in August 2019. The Board also voted 5-0 to take El Rodeo off-line for construction for 2 years, beginning June 2019.
This milestone marks the first consolidated middle school in Beverly Hills Unified School District’s 82-year history. The El Rodeo school community grades K-5 students will move to Hawthorne, the Beverly Vista school community grades TK-5 will move to Horace Mann and the El Rodeo, Hawthorne, Horace Mann school communities grades 6-8 will move to Beverly Vista. In the new model, class size will become more balanced while never exceeding current class size guidelines (K-3: 23 and 4-8: 29).
The reconfiguration introduces a new middle school philosophy supported by decades of research on the academic, social and emotional needs of young adolescents, and will provide equal access to comprehensive academic and elective courses, not provided in the current K-8 configuration. New robust educational offerings will include additional course levels, STEM, creative and performing arts, leadership and athletics. The district’s teachers will be able to collaborate more effectively within teams and have additional professional development opportunities, which will ultimately lead to more robust instruction.
The discussion for a dedicated middle school began almost 3 decades ago. With nine years of declining enrollment, uncertain funding levels, the inequity of programming opportunities across the district, the current Board of Education has been reviewing alternatives to the configuration of schools over the last two years. The district will benefit from approximate savings of $2 million from the reconfiguration and $16 million by accelerating the construction at El Rodeo to two years.
“We are confident that the reconfiguration will deliver the best educational opportunities that meet the needs of every student in the district. Rooted in the core of our unified mission, the plan reflects the values and priorities that will bring academic excellence, college and career readiness for our students of today and tomorrow,” said Dr. Bregy, Superintendent of Schools for BHUSD. “We are entirely committed to work together with our community to make this a smooth transition for all students, parents and staff, and will offer multiple opportunities to get involved in committees designed to assure successful implementation and lay the groundwork for a strong opening of our schools on August 12,” he added.
“It is the Board’s responsibility to set the goals and implement the vision and mission of this District. We have all the evidence now and have done our research on what students need and the best way to deliver it. The success of this reconfiguration will come from strong leadership, a dedicated faculty, involved parents and a robust curriculum that adapts to all levels of learning,” said Noah Margo, BHUSD Board of Education member.
About Beverly Hills Unified District:
The Beverly Hills Unified School District is based in Beverly Hills, California. The schools were unified into an elementary and high school district in 1936 and currently consists of four K-8 elementary schools (Beverly Vista, El Rodeo, Hawthorne, Horace Mann), one 9-12 high school (Beverly Hills High School), and a continuing education high school (Moreno High School). The K-12 enrollment for the 2018-19 school year is approximately 3900. The district employs approximately 320 certificated and 150 classified personnel, and is recognized nationally as a leader in education. Students have consistently scored far above national averages on standardized achievement tests.
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