After more than a decade without middle or junior high schools and eight months of controversy, the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District Board of Education is scheduled to vote next week on reopening the schools.
"This is a very emotional issue. We stand ready to make a decision," board President Jesse M. Luera said this week. "It is time to vote one way or another. We have been talking for eight months," Luera said near the end of a four-hour marathon study session.
More than 200 people attended last Monday's meeting at Norwalk City Hall when the district staff explained six possible plans of converting back to middle schools. The junior highs were closed because of declining enrollment.
All of the plans would cost the district money, some more than others. Most call for selling some property, while some advocate using lottery receipts or asking voters to consider passing a parcel tax to raise the needed funds. Some of the plans require closing a couple of elementary schools while converting others to junior highs.