Clayton City Council denounces MDUSD board’s conditional charter approval, mayor is heartened by community support
As the Clayton Valley High School charter petition has gathered steam in the community, the Clayton City Council has emerged as a strong force in favor of the conversion.
Although city and school leaders have traditionally sought to maintain a positive working relationship for the good of the communities they both share, a schism has emerged in the Clayton and Concord area of the Mt. Diablo school district that serves Clayton Valley High.
This was highlighted last month, when the Clayton City Council unanimously denounced the school board for its approval of the Clayton Valley High charter petition, if more than 50 conditions are met by February: http://www.docstoc.com/docs/97279895/claytonresolution.
Clayton Mayor David Shuey has been the most outspoken council member, encouraging the public to email him with questions or to voice support or opposition to the charter. He recently received a copy of a letter of support sent to the board and superintendent from a family whose child will not enter high school for many years.
Both Shuey and the father who wrote the letter agreed to allow me to post it below:
“Dear Council Members and Superintendent Lawrence,
Today my daughter, and future CVCHS student, is 10 months old. The thought never occurred to me that I would have attended four meetings with regards to her high school before my daughter was 10 months old. After attending these meetings to learn about the Charter conversion process and to hear from both the steering committee and Mt. Diablo Unified School District, I am in full support of this conversion happening with Clayton Valley High School.
This e-mail is to confirm support for the Charter conversion both my wife and and myself, and to notate our dissatisfaction with the MDUSD approval with conditions. As has been pointed out by the steering committee, some of these conditions are unrealistic or not possible to achieve until after the Charter has been approved. We agree with Mayor Shuey that the current approval with conditions is a de-facto denial.
Both Julielyn and myself, applaud the city council for taking such a strong stand and support for the Clayton Valley Charter High School. Thank you for helping to make our daughter’s future a bit brighter.
Anthony & Julielyn Chippero.”
Despite this support, there appears to be deep concern among some parents and administrators in other schools about the financial impact the charter could have on them.
Although Concord Mayor Laura Hoffmeister has also come out in favor of the charter, other city council members in Concord, Martinez, Pleasant Hill and Walnut Creek have remained silent on the issue.
Do you believe it is appropriate for city council members to take stands on school district issues?