An Oxnard Elementary School Board member has proposed that Spanish translations of the board's agendas be made available to parents.
In proposing the action, school board President Mary Barreto cited the predominantly Latino student population, many of whom come from primarily Spanish-speaking families.
Opponents argued that translation services are costly and unnecessary because few Spanish-only speakers attend board meetings.
Board member Jack Fowler said before the meeting that he would consider printing a one-page summary of the agenda, which usually runs dozens of pages, in Spanish "if there is enough interest."
"We need books and pencils and paper for our students," Fowler said. "There may be a more immediate need for these things than for printing the agenda in Spanish."