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Westwood Elementary parents mobilize

By Theresa Harrington
Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 at 12:53 pm in Education, Mt. Diablo school district, Theresa Harrington.

By Theresa Harrington

I received the following press release this morning about Westwood Elementary plans to turn out for tonight’s Mt. Diablo school board meeting to oppose the school’s closure and to join a march to the district office on Wednesday:

“In response to the sudden possible closure announcement the Westwood Elementary School Community is calling for support at the MDUSD 7PM meeting at Glenbrook on Tuesday February 15 as well as a call to action rally and march from Concord High School to the board for February 16 at 2PM.

This award-winning ‘Distinguished’ rated school has been home to the largest elementary special ed classes for the deaf and has an unequalled reputation and ability to attract students and supportive parents to the community. They need your help to avoid a sudden disbandment and displacement despite not being suggested for closure in a careful set of full reviews of the district. They have served our children for generations and now they need you to help save the future generations of Westwood graduates.”

Do you agree with Board President Gary Eberhart’s suggestion to close Westwood and send its students to Mountain View Elementary, making way for Glenbrook Middle School students to attend Westwood as an adjunct campus to El Dorado Middle School in Concord?

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  • Doctor J

    After Sunday’s session with Berger, I am hopeful that Gary will take a new direction and let the Supt and his staff work with the committee. If the Board is not satisfied with the work of the Supt, his staff and the committee, send them back to work on it some more. The need for a Strategic Plan is overwhelming.

  • Wait a Minute

    Talk about a potential game changer on closing schools.

    I’ll tell you what, if the Federal Office of Civil Rights investigates the MDUSD because of parent(s) complaints (as is reported that at least one Glenbrook parent is requesting) that they are targeting low income areas for school closures, Lawrence, Eberhart and the others will wish they only had to deal with a local Grand Jury inquiry by the time its all over.

    When OCR comes in they REALLY investigate and they have the resources to do so!
    They also tend to stay for years sometimes depending on the severity of the problems.

    This could be the reason for this attempt to stop at only 2 schools

  • Theresa Harrington

    But the other schools being considered aren’t in the same low-income north Concord neighborhood. If the district fails to close schools anywhere else, would that reinforce the idea that one geographic/socioeconomic area was being hit harder than others?

  • Wait a Minute

    Theresa,
    I’m not saying that this is happening, I’m just saying that IF the OCR comes in they will do a very thorough investigation because they have the resources and they take their mission seriously.