Taking advantage of a visit by the superintendent of schools, about 150 La Cañada Unified School District parents crammed into the Palm Crest Elementary School multi-purpose room Wednesday to air their concerns about over-crowded classrooms.
Supt. Jim Stratton was invited by the school's PTA to give a state-of-the-district address at its monthly meeting. At the conclusion of his talk, parents asked where the district is headed with rising class sizes. They also called upon each other to take action and donate their time and money to help save the district.
Craig Mazin, a Palm Crest parent and La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation representative, said so many parents turned out for the meeting because they are upset about the increase in class sizes and are motivated to bring them back down.
The district has been planning its budget on the assumption that class sizes in kindergarten through third grade will remain at 22 or 23 students, which is currently the average class size, except for first grade, where there are 24 to 25 students per classroom, Stratton said.