By next school year, Duncan-Russell High School will be back on Grant Line Road and Tracy and will have a second continuation high school in its place.
Tonight, the Tracy Unified School District Board of Education is expected to formally name the new continuation school at 10th Street and Tracy Boulevard after George and Evelyn Stein: He was a longtime school board trustee, and she was a district teacher for many years.
Duncan-Russell’s move will expand the space the district has available for continuation students, including those who are behind on accumulation of high school credits and employed students who need alternative schedules.
Rebecca Frame, the district’s director of student services, said the district has 145 continuation students. Frame explained that continuation students can attend up to six hours a day of class, or they can opt for morning or afternoon classes.
The 10th Street campus, formerly known as West Park School, has room for 190 students. The addition of two teachers will enable the district to bring more students onto the Stein campus.
Frame said the district plans to use George and Evelyn Stein High School for continuation students who expect to graduate on the standard four-year high school schedule. Some of those students may also transfer back to Tracy or West high schools.
The Grant Line Road campus, which had 110 students before Duncan-Russell High School moved in 2005, will now take those seniors who will not graduate with their classes. The campus will house about 30 independent-study high school students and 30 students from Willow School.
Independent-study students spend only a few hours a week with teachers, mostly by appointment, and do most of their work outside the classroom. Students under expulsion orders can attend classes at Willow School, which has six hours of classroom instruction per day for all students.