The Pleasant Valley School District board gave preliminary approval to a "back-to-basics" program at El Rancho School in an attempt to balance the school's racial mixture.
A desegregation advisory committee proposed making El Rancho a "structured alternative school" with a back-to-the-basics approach that entails much parent participation.
Los Primeros, the only one of 13 schools in the district that now has an alternative program, is in such demand that it has 200 names on its waiting list, a district spokeswoman said. The El Rancho program would be open to all students in the district, but those enrolled at El Rancho would be given priority.
El Rancho has a minority enrollment of 63%, whereas the district average is 22%. The district presented four options for desegregating the school at a hearing last March, but all were rejected by the board after public outcry.
A public hearing for the present proposal will probably be set for December and will precede a final vote, Supt. Shirley Carpenter said.