LONG BEACH — The Board of Education here is considering a sweeping set of recommendations by a special blue-ribbon citizens committee. Among them are conversion of all elementary schools to mandatory year-round operation and the implementation of four-year high schools.
"This document is a masterpiece," said Frank Berry, one of 12 members of the blue-ribbon committee that presented a final draft of its recommendations during a special board meeting last week. "I suggest that we adhere to it."
Said board member Elizabeth Wallace: "It's a well-thought-out document that we can work with."
The committee was set up early last year to look into the problem of overcrowding in the district.
Besides year-round operation within five years and substitution of two- or three-year middle schools for the district's current junior high schools, recommendations included:
The continued use of emergency portable classrooms as a short-term solution to overcrowding;
Establishment of a temporary school at the former site of the Sears store downtown;
The formation of a private foundation to solicit donations for district use;
And an extension in the length of the high school day.
The district is already committed to most of the recommendations, said Supt. E. Tom Giugni, with the exception of year-round schools and the conversion to four-year high schools. The idea of adding early-morning and late-afternoon periods to the high school day, he said, is still under study.