Students complain of overcrowding, textbook shortage at Eastlake High School

CHULA VISTA, Calif. - It's the third week of school at Eastlake High School, and students say adjusting to the new school year hasn't been easy.

"Currently, we're sitting in the library on the floor in a circle instead of being in a classroom with desks," student Jacob Dizon said.

Students say many of their classes are overflowing with kids and some of them have to sit in folding chairs or share books because there's not enough learning materials.

"I had to get switched out of a bunch of classes because there was a huge overflow of students this year, like 20-30 extra kids in my class," student Samantha Kimmel told 10News.

"We're waiting on our English books. They said that they ran out; they ordered more and we don't know when they're going to come in," student Cade Swadener said.

Parents with students in the Sweetwater Union High School District contacted 10News after learning their children didn't have all of their textbooks.

Bernardo Vasquez said he sent a letter to the district but hasn't heard back.

"It's very frustrating, especially because this isn't the first year that it happened," Vasquez said.

A school spokesperson said the average class size is 36, and students have the choice to attend any school in the district, which is not the case in other districts.

In regards to textbooks, the Sweetwater District said in a statement that it is "working diligently to provide every student with the proper learning tools necessary for a successful school year."

Vasquez said it's up to parents to make sure their kids have what they need to do well in school.

"If we don't speak up and be heard, this kind of behavior at the district is going to continue," said Vasquez.

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