"We do have a fire and we need to figure out how to put it out," said school board member Susan Boyd. "We would all love to get our classes back to what they were two or three years ago."
A mass e-mail from Craig Mazin, a parent of two students at Palm Crest, helped spark the birth of this task force. The e-mail, which generated hundreds of responses, notified the La Cañada community of the district's financial situation and called them to change the town's culture of donating, or see class sizes continue to rise.
"The good news is that I believe we are in the middle of a revival," said Mazin, who stood in front of the board as a representative of more than 200 La Cañada resident families.
Paul Murray, the executive vice president of the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation, expressed the Foundation's support for the new task force. Joel Peterson, a governing board member, said he was also pleased with this development.
"It is in fact true that we cannot contain the level of our program if the budget cuts continue," Peterson said. "We would have to make some very difficult decisions. It will certainly be helpful to have more resources."
Mazin thanked the school board for hearing what the parents had to say.
"On behalf of all the parents, I would like to thank [the school board] but especially Supt. [Jim] Stratton for doing such an incredible job shielding us from the pain the state has been inflicting for so long," Mazin said. "We now know it is our part to help you and we are ready to do our part."
Educational Foundation's Summer School Program
La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation is broadening its job description to included administering summer school.