THE FUTURE OF EDNA BEAMAN
The future of Edna Beaman School was on the agenda last night in Benton. Eastern Sierra Unified School District held a school board meeting last night at Benton’s Edna Beaman Elementary School. The top topic for the 31 people in attendance was the possible reduction of the Elementary School from a K – 5 school down to a K – 3 school. Superintendent Don Clark made a proposal last week that would relocate a teacher from Edna Beaman to Antelope Elementary in Coleville to help alleviate overcrowding in the schools classroom. The proposal was met with substantial opposition from Tri-County residents, as a result, Dr. Clark proposed another plan that would divert $38,000 in the title one funds for technology at Antelope Elementary and combining it with funds that would be made available by eliminating an aid position at Edna Beaman, to hire an additional teacher at Antelope Elementary. Dr. Clark said there was a third plan to take funds from a special reserve that is put away for one time emergency use. This plan, however, was not recommended by the superintendent.