KCBS: A unique Oakland elementary school is getting some high marks from the new district superintendent.
This comes as school district officials contemplate deeper cuts in education.
Students at Lafayette Elementary School in West Oakland begin each day with meditation and yoga. Principal Karen Haynes likes to take a holistic approach to education. “We start with the mind and the body and spirit and if you lay that foundation first then everything else falls into place,” she explained.
Peace signs adorn the hallways and classroom doors.
KCBS’ Dave Padilla reports (audio)
As he toured this unique school, new superintendent Tony Smith was thinking about the cuts he will have to make in education. “Leading into the upcoming year we’ll need to reduce next year’s budget by $25 million,” he explained.
Smith called Lafayette Elementary a community school that brings parents, children and volunteers together to make programs work, perhaps serving as a new model in the age of deep budget cuts.