I received this statement from the Clayton Valley High School Charter Conversion Steering Committee this morning, in response to the district’s recent memo to the community regarding charter schools.
It is based on discussions with their consultants from the California Charter School Association (CCSA) and ExEd, who spoke to officials at the California Department of Education.
“We appreciate Mt. Diablo USD’s recent efforts to respond to the community’s questions concerning the CVHS conversion. However, the District’s statement about passing on additional funds is based on legislation that since January 1, 2010 is no longer in effect. Recently legislation (SB 191) was passed with the intent to ensure that unified school districts would not be hurt by their conversion high schools. While some confusion remains, this legislation was enacted to ensure that the conversion school will receive revenue limit funding from the state as would any new charter school — based on its student ADA. We are in the process of confirming this with the California Department of Education and should be able to provide more detail soon.
It is important to note that the conversion would not open until late summer of 2012. While the district will lose funds that follow student ADA, it will no longer carry the costs of operating the school. The conversion will allow the school to focus resources directly on the students it serves and contrary to district assertions, should not negatively impact other programs.”
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Organizers plan to update information about the charter on Facebook and at http://sites.google.com/site/claytonvalleycharterhighschool/.
In addition, they will hold an informational meeting tomorrow at 3:15 in the school’s Small Gym, aimed at helping students understand the charter process. However, all parents and community members are invited.
In other school news, Mt. Diablo trustees voted 4-1 to approve Sue Brothers as the new principal. Trustee Cheryl Hansen voted against the appointment.
Brothers was Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services in the Washington Unified School District, under Lawrence, before the Mt. Diablo school board hired him away.
Julie Braun-Martin, assistant superintendent for personnel services, highly praised Brothers.
“Her background is rich with education experiences,” Braun-Martin said.
Brothers has a bachelor’s degree in animal science from UC Davis and a master’s degree in education. She has experience as a preschool director, science teacher, assistant principal and assistant superintendent for curriculum, Braun-Martin said.
When asked during employment interviews why she wanted to move from being a top level district office administrator to a principal, Brothers said she wanted to make a difference for kids, Braun-Martin told the board.
After her appointment, Brothers said she loves working on high school campuses.
“I’m really looking forward to getting to know the community,” she said, adding that she loves working with teenagers. “I think they’re wonderful and I’m really looking forward to working with them.”
After the meeting, I asked Hansen why she voted against Brothers’ appointment. (She voted with the rest of the board to approve Paul Gengler as Principal of College Park High in Pleasant Hill.)
Hansen, who lives in Clayton, said she did not view Brothers’ experience with Lawrence in West Sacramento as a “plus.”
“I think we’re at a very critical time, where we need someone with more recent (school) site experience,” Hansen said. “I would also like to see somebody a little more local, who is in the community. It’s absolutely going to be critical to have good relationship-building skills. It’s not a bland community.”
Still, Hansen appears ready to support the board’s appointment of Brothers.
“I hope she does well,” Hansen said.
Do you support the school board’s appointment?