A proposal to divide a dozen elementary schools by grade level has raised concern among city officials over the safety of children traveling to school on some of Garden Grove's busiest streets and the potential cost of adding signals and crossing guards.
Deputy City Manager Cathy Standiford said a preliminary analysis by the city of the Garden Grove Unified School District's plan to divide 12 of its 43 schools into so-called "triads" shows that a "significant amount of money" would be needed to get children to school safely.
The proposal would designate some schools for kindergarten through third grade, while others would enroll only fourth- through sixth-graders. All elementary schools in the district are now for kindergarten through sixth grade.
The plan, presented by the Site Utilization Committee, is part of an attempt to reduce class size and accommodate increasing enrollment by clustering the schools.