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Clayton Valley charter supporters want to speed up final approval process

By Theresa Harrington
Wednesday, September 21st, 2011 at 11:01 pm in Education, Mt. Diablo school district.

At a rally this evening at Clayton Valley High School, charter supporters said they want the Mt. Diablo school district to make a final decision about their conversion petition next month, instead of in February.

I videotaped portions of the meeting, before using up all my storage space.

The meeting started with a video of Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez, expressing concerns that the school board may seek to derail the charter effort: http://qik.com/video/44469727.

Then, attorney Paul Minney outlined concerns the committee has with the petition and teachers Neil McChesney and Pat Middendorf answered questions: http://qik.com/video/44470880.

McChensey said he wants the board to make a final decision by Oct. 25. Middendorf said the committee wants to submit all its paperwork to the district by Oct. 12, so she encouraged community members to volunteer to join committees to complete as much work as possible toward meeting the district’s conditions of approval.

After the rally, McChesney told me that he and other supporters met with Deb Cooksey, Rose Lock and Julie Braun-Martin today and “some progress was made.”

Board President Gary Eberhart, who attended the rally and information meeting at Clayton Valley High, said afterward that he couldn’t comment on the idea of modifying the conditions. He also said he couldn’t comment on the idea of accelerating the approval process.

However, he said he was impressed by the energy level of the crowd.

Do you think the board should agree to make a final decision on the charter next month instead of in February?

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