Echo Park kids never had to go very far to reach an elementary school, with about half a dozen public schools located in the neighborhood. But when those kids reached middle school age, they have faced a nearly 3-mile long trek to Thomas Starr King Middle School in Los Feliz. A new middle school was recently carved out of part of the Belmont Senior High campus, but many Echo Park public school kids still take a long ride to King. During a recent Echo Park neighborhood council meeting, Darren Hubert * of the Echo Park Improvement Assoc. presented an idea to shrink the middle school commute: turn a now-under-construction 800-seat elementary school (pictured above) in Echo Park into a middle school campus.
Tonight, the neighborhood council’s education committee will host a forum to discuss the future of that new school, now called Central Regional Elementary School No. 14, which L.A. Unified is making available to charter schools and others to operate. The middle school idea, however, must compete with proposals that focus on elementary school. It looks like Echo Park middle school students will face a long commute for years to come.
* Note: Hubert is an Eastsider advertiser
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