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Burlingame, Calif. contemplates Mandarin program

February 11, 2011

District shaping plans for former Burlingame school, targeting November bond to renovate it

Posted: 02/10/2011 06:07:35 PM PST
Updated: 02/10/2011 10:16:15 PM PST


The Burlingame Elementary School District has narrowed down options for the recently reacquired former Hoover School and is targeting a potential construction-bond measure for November to fund the site’s renovation.

Earlier this week, the district board told staff to focus on three scenarios for the property: making it a neighborhood school again serving kindergarten to fifth-grade students, turning it into a technology academy, or housing a Spanish- or Mandarin-language immersion program there.

The board is expected next month to make a final decision on what kind of institution Hoover will be.

Making it a K-5 campus would require the district to redraw student-attendance boundaries and move some children from other schools to Hoover, said the district’s chief business official, Robert Clark.

Or, the district could make Hoover a magnet school that features programs in science, technology, engineering and math, Clark said.

Another alternative is housing a second Spanish-immersion or a new Mandarin-immersion program there, he said.

The district already has a Spanish-immersion program at McKinley School.

The district could also move some students from Franklin School to a K-5 Hoover campus, Clark said. That would free up classroom space at Franklin for a Mandarin-immersion program.

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