Once again, the author of this article seems to seek to mislead. Attendance review boards are comprised of many individuals, including reps from social services. They take place throughout the district...not just for this school. The goal is to figure out what the barriers to attendance are and hopefully assist the family.
If anyone has been paying attention, the changes going on at CPM have been in the works for the past year...college banners, fresh paint, and an overall upgrade to the look and feel of the school help to create an uplifting and inspiring atmosphere to learn in, and a school kids (and the community) are proud of. This article seems to imply that all of this is simply a show for Arnie Duncan...whose visit wasn't even scheduled until roughly 6 weeks ago.
This article is an exercise in taking a handful of facts, personal bias, and a bad attitude to spin another negative story that does nothing but rile people up. Funny that the first parent who responds (someone ACTUALLY involved and trusting her children to this school) has nothing but great things to say about the RESULTS. And isn't that what really matters?
I will not be politically correct and say this article is full of errors or misleading. I'm going to state exactly what it is: A shameful and pathetic article full of lies and deceit. The Reader should be embarrassed that it printed this. That school began undergoing a facelift last year...LAST YEAR, with the college banners and positive slogans painted along the walls. The solar panels are a Sweetwater District initiative that nearly ALL the schools are undertaking. All one has to do is drive by a Sweetwater District school and you'll most likely see the panels in the parking lot area. To suggest Castle Park Middle School is installing these panels and undergoing a facelift in anticipation off this visit is simply a shameful lie. And since when is it wrong to spend tax payer money on making a school look nicer. Hello, that's part of what the money is for. Amazing, people complain about how the "west Chula Vista" schools are old, ugly, and neglected in comparison to the east side, needing to have money spent on them and then when money is spent to make them look nicer, people complain about why the money is being spent. Incredible. Poor Castle Park and that principal. Damned if they do, damned if they don't. This article is clearly part of a smear campaign and for the Reader to be so off with its "fact checking" is a disgrace to journalism. Someone needs to take the Reader to task.
Walter Mencken 2 p.m., May 28
Jeff Smith 1:30 p.m., May 28
Ian Anderson 1 p.m., May 28
Ian Anderson 11 a.m., May 28
Various Authors 9:45 a.m., May 28
Dave Rice 8:30 a.m., May 28
Mercy Baron 7:30 p.m., May 27
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