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March 21, 2001

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covor The Campaign 1t Continues Separate Middle School By Amanda Michne There is no question that the award winning schools in cussed, but nothing has happened. Beverly Hills provide students with one of the finest educations The issue picked up steam in recent months, as the school available in the state. But even the best systems face criticism, district faced a budget crisis requiring cuts in programming Change within a successful program, especially major change, and teaching positions. The situation led many parents and is often met with reluctance, teachers to revive the rallying cry for a separate middle school. The Beverly Hills school system is comprised of 5 schools - One crusader is Gall Dubois. This Beverly Vista morn is also an four K-8 schools (El Rodeo, Hawthorne, Horace Mann and actuary (a numbers whiz who calculates insurance risks and Beverly Vista) and Beverly Hills High School. In 1991, the premiums) who has organized support for the movement by superintendent at the time issued a report called "New providing District administration with a wealth of research and Realities, New Directions," which tepidly explored the idea of a analysis. She has even set up an email address to gage the separate middle school. Since then, the pros and cons of cre- community's opinion on the issue. ating a separate middle school for all students has been dis- Till; FIRST R()I HI) I :me year, the DJMrJct c(msidetod cuHin7 the Sllingl piogram complotoiy and laying oft to lcht'r+ a:,mciatod with the+co this+us. "L rhey gaw' a rca',un as low enr(flhl~enl, bul it ;V;l~, clear that sixth grade enrollment is growmc c~pe, i' lot filth graders. At one point1 ~ group ol Beverly stu- richly, on Duhoi lawn with their in