Community members appear divided about the possible elimination of Crescenta Valley High School’s open lunch, with some characterizing any change as an unnecessary punishment and others ripping district officials for not moving quickly enough to stem the student-related problems identified in a recent report.
Glendale Unified officials announced last week that they were reviewing the open-lunch policy after drawing a connection between it and ongoing disciplinary problems, absences and student tardiness. In doing so, they ignited a debate among Crescenta Valley residents who are proud of their high-performing high school and yet acutely aware of its lingering student drug problem.
During the Crescenta Valley Town Council meeting Thursday, Crescenta Valley High School senior Aimee Yeghiayan, 17, said students who want to cut class or use illegal substances will do so no matter what the lunch policy is. Others argued that if district officials decided to close the campus, they would be punishing the entire student body for the poor choices of a small minority.