Class size reduction in Simi Valley schools has helped teachers and students but caused an unexpected casualty--the schools' libraries.
And parents don't like it.
Parents from Hollow Hills asked the school board recently for a portable building to use as a school library. Books at Hollow Hills Fundamental line the walls of a multipurpose room that is also used for assemblies, lunch and other events.
"If anything happens at school that conflicts, then the kids don't get their library time for the week," parent Kathi Mangel said.
Simi Elementary School keeps its books in the hallway. Berylwood Elementary keeps them in the auditorium.
"There are many schools that don't have room for an adequate library, or room for a computer lab or anything of that nature," Trustee Janice DiFatta said.