I just spoke to Clayton Valley HS teacher Pat Middendorf, who told me that more than 40 teachers have signed the charter conversion petition.
“We’re going to make sure that we have way more than we really need,” she said.
Organizers estimated they needed 37 signatures to achieve the 50 percent plus one of permanent teachers required to forward the petition to the district for approval. However, Middendorf said district officials could nullify some signatures, if they question whether some staff members are “permanent teachers.”
Organizing committee members have decided not to release the document to the public until they give it to the district, Middendorf said. Committee members are still discussing whether to present it to the board or to the superintendent, she said.
The next board meeting is June 14.
Middendorf also told me the committee doesn’t plan to issue a statement in response to the district’s most recent memo regarding the possible financial impact of a charter on the district, since district officials haven’t communicated directly with committee members. The committee stands by its assertion that overall, the charter would not financially hurt the district because many expenses associated with running the school would be transferred to the charter campus, she said.
Are you surprised that a majority of CVHS teachers appear to support the conversion?