The hourlong debate-though far more civil than those involving Gompers in past years-left parents, teachers and San Diego city school trustees frustrated and confused over what is happening at Gompers. Gompers is the district's best-known school, having garnered dozens of national academic awards in both science and social studies competitions.
Traditionally, magnet programs at Gompers were restricted to a small number of minority students matched on an equal basis with the white students who bus in. The rest of the junior high students had a different academic program which many perceived as inferior. The high-school portion of Gompers has always been a small, all-magnet component and is not directly affected by the renewal plan.
In general, both the district and committee reports, while cryptic in their comments, were read by board members as indicating the future of Gompers-as well as the district's reputation for dealing with integration and academic problems-remains up in the air.