LONG BEACH — A group of parents from Mark Twain Elementary School this week continued their campaign to prevent year-round operation from coming to their campus by presenting the school board with a petition opposing it.
So far, Twain parents are the only vocal opponents of the plan, which has been under consideration since last summer.
"We would consider year-round school a very profound intrusion into our personal lives," said Boyed Hudnall, one of three parents who spoke at a packed meting of the Long Beach Unified School District board.
The petition the parents presented contained 411 signatures, which they said represents 45.3% of their school's enrollment.
Twain is one of seven Long Beach elementary schools being considered for year-round operation beginning in the fall of 1988. The others are Burbank, Burnett, Lafayette, Lee, Stevenson and Willard.
School district officials have said that year-round operation--which they estimate can boost a school's capacity by 25% to 30%--is necessary to accommodate growing enrollment and ease overcrowding.