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Buena Vista Horace Mann: A Year After Merger, Equity Is Emphasized
En Español.It's been a year since Buena Vista Elementary School merged with Horace Mann Middle School to create a single K-8 school, and the grumbling about the move once overheard in the hallways has begun to subside. When the two distinct schools with different student populations came together a year ago, the change was not without hard feelings. This year, the school’s second as Buena Vista Horace Mann, faculty members speak of heartaches associated with the merger in the past tense. Signs of cohesion between the two institutions have begun to sprout. Yet challenges still exist. Administrators are focused on finding creative ways to make two distinct schools feel welcome and safe together under one Mission neighborhood roof. “Anytime you put two communities together, there are growing pains,” said Dinorah Salazar, a sixth-grade science and math teacher. “From both camps, there is still some distrust, but it’s gotten better. It’s been a ...