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Why should taxpayers be expected to pay for this charter high school building, especially since the kids that attend the neighborhood grade school will more than likely not be able to attend it?
According to the principal, it would be worth it because, then the elementary children would have a playground that wasn't unsafe! Question: Why has the district allowed this unsafe play area to exist in the first place?

Feb. 20, 2015

Not sure why this charter is so selective with its students. Other charters in the district allow neighborhood students to attend. I thought charters were about giving the community choice - apparently this charter in CVESD is not giving the families of Silver Wing a choice. Glad to hear that the 3 trustees are putting a halt to this. Pushing this through the way CVESD has so far looks and smells too much like "The Sweetwater Way" that has caused so much distrust with that district and the community.

Feb. 20, 2015

WHERE WOULD THIS COMMUNITY BE WITHOUT SUSAN LUZZARO AND The READER???????

Feb. 20, 2015

So can anyone tell me why Chula Vista Elementary School District is n the business of creating a high school? Shouldn't things be worked out between Sweetwater Union High School District and CVESD, so that no one needs to "poach" anyone's students?

Isn't it time for reasonable people to prevail?

Why should the elementary school have to give up anything to a high school?

None of this makes sense.

If these parents really want a charter school for their high school students, why should an elementary school district be running it?

Feb. 21, 2015

Robert Dean,

As I hoped I had explained ... the school board had a different make up until December when three new members were elected. A lot of the preparation for the high school had been going on at the district level, getting bids, taking designs to the state. As Mr. Tessier described it meetings had been going on, "back end" meetings, but none of them included the community. The community, as the picture shows, cares and is involved. This was Ash Wednesday and barely publicized, but there they are--involved.

Feb. 21, 2015

Robert Dean - the people in these communities are constantly bamboozled by unscrupulous liars who manage and manipulate the school system and that's where blame belongs! Your comment is simplistically lacking.

Feb. 21, 2015

eastlaker, when you said "None of this makes sense", you said it all. Indeed, why is a K-6 district even considering chartering a high school? Even though most charters are allowed to run freely, unsupervised by their chartering districts, the laws of the state "require" oversight by the district. How does a K-6 district know how to provide that scrutiny of an independently-operating high school? Answer: it doesn't.

But this presentation comes across as utterly half-baked. A simple question about the relevant square footage could not be answered. Can we say "unprepared", boys and girls? Then there were the profuse apologies for the failure to communicate and solicit opinions from the concerned members of the community. Unprepared again. With all the shortcomings of what went on, the board was absolutely correct to delay a decision. In fact, the appropriate step would have been for the board to tell these clowns to go back to the beginning, and start over.

As to whom can attend the proposed school, it would use a lottery only if it had more students wanting to attend that it could accommodate. There's no solid reason to think that it would be oversubscribed. A charter is NOT permitted to "select [its} own students." Part of the charter concept in California is that charters cannot turn anyone away if it has space. And if it is full or oversubscribed, must have a blind lottery. That is not to say that charters are not breaking the law daily by manipulating the composition of their student bodies. Here in No County we have some that are enabling white flight out of the regular public schools, and their chicanery is going unchallenged, for now.

Feb. 21, 2015

Jessica, thank you for responding. You ask if I interviewed someone from CVLCC and you suggest the article is one-sided.

The two presenters represented CVLCC and half the article is given to their quotes. The principal was clearly in favor of the construction of the high school and her ideas are in the article. Mr. Tessier was specifically was there to represent a project that he and the administration have supported for several years.

In addition, several people have emailed me through the Reader website and told me that Tessier's wife is a CVLCC administrator, one can also find that information on a CVLCC website. So I think we can safely assume that CVLCC was represented in the point of view imparted by Mr. Tessier.

More importantly, the article was not really about CVLCC. It was about the meeting that took place with the Silver Wing parents and community. The subject of this article is the that meeting which was called because the school board felt that the district had not allowed for public input on a development that would have an immediate effect on Silver Wing families and their children’s education or their built environment.

I also have to assume that if three board members want to hear from the Silver Wing community, a community that has not been allowed input until late in the process, then the emphasis should obviously on their words.

Feb. 22, 2015
I think that the 3-2 vote on the charter high school at Silver Wing is fascinating.  I suspect the hidden hand of Cheryl Cox.  The two Board members who supported the charter high school have interesting backgrounds.  David Barajeno was tapped to fill the seat that Cheryl Cox had to vacate when she became Mayor in 2006.  Later, David Bejarano stepped down and his daughter was tapped to fill his seat.  When Franky Escabedo made his bid to become the Superintendent of the Chula Vista Elementary School District, he was supported by Russell Coronado who had a seat on the CVESD Board and Glendora Tremper, who was then tapped to fill Russell’s seat when he resigned.  Both worked for Franky Escabedo when they worked for the South Bay Union School District.  Now, Escabedo with the support of Tremper and Bejarano are trying to sideline the newly elected Board members.  We have to support the new Board members, Bunker, Tamayo, and Reyes, to defeat the insider cabal.  
Dare we to hope that there is, indeed, a new Sheriff in town?
Feb. 22, 2015

Rosa Surber, thank you for weighing in. If a picture can tell a story, the picture that goes with this article tells the story of the determination of the Silver Wing families to have their voices heard.

There was a large group of people even though it was short notice and, for some, a religious holiday. I tried to find a notice for the meeting on the district website or on the school website or on the district twitter site, but there was none.

Feb. 22, 2015

CVsincethe70s - well, I have been here since the 60's ( see being old does count for something ). The area they are looking to put the high school charter in is MY COMMUNITY. I had NO knowledge of this happening and consider myself pretty well informed.

It is obvious this proposal was NOT well advertised to the community, say what you may about sign in sheets and records. We have seen what another local school district did with their charter list and meetings (SUHSD) - I was in attendance at that fiasco.

On the subject of Mr. Tamayo - while historically I was not a fan of his I have been MORE THAN IMPRESSED with his actions as a CV Board member.

As stated above if C.V. wants a high school Charter - then buy the land and build it. While our community may not be considered wealthy - hard working does not equate to being ignorant. Unfortunately I will be in attendance at a SUHSD meeting or I would be there to stand against the Charter.

Regarding Ms. Luzzaro, well, all I can say is she got the ball rolling on the 'questionable dealings' in a couple other Districts in the So Bay mainly Sweetwater, with Southwestern running a close second and San Ysidro pulling up the rear - 18 indictments later SUHSD has an entire new Board.

For the record - 'we are sick and tired and simply not going to take being taken advantage of - our children's education and safety are far too important to us'. Say what you may about us but bottom line WE WILL BE RESPECTED!!!!!!!

Feb. 25, 2015

Well, Silver Wing parents didn't get any forums or meetings of any sort at that time. Thank you Susan Luzarro for posting. We have some serious disequilibrium happening at our site. A representative visited from David Alvarez's office visited today, parents are petitioning in the neighborhood, and some profanity occurred from CVLCC students. It's not a fun situation. I think tomorrow's board meeting is not going to be Pleasantville.

Feb. 25, 2015

Sjtorres - Ms Luzzarro is widely respected and on the side of right, not might. You'd be hard pressed to find she has any boss but her own wisdom and conscience. Not surprising to think there is union consciousness since collective bargaining and community input are positives. Half-truths and outright lies are continually fed to the parents and public. If charter schools take funding away from certain neighborhood children somebody has to explain that, patiently and over and over. Ms. Luzzaro is one great journalist who speaks for the voiceless. You have twisted political beliefs and enjoy being an Ed-type-bully so, shut up and sit down.

Feb. 27, 2015

Sjtorres - your comments appear to reflect your disdain for hard working Americans who were forced to come together and join forces against owner greed and total lack of regard for those who built this Nation and continue to make us great.

Case in point - when a School District Board such as SUHSD's 'WAS' able to allegedly be bought that Sir is proof enough UNIONS ARE NECESSARY.

No average worker is able to write their own contract and then approve it as was done at SUHSD by a certain alleged 'double dipper'.

So tell us, WHO ARE YOU REALLY? An overpaid District employee suit, a past poor choice of a Super or perhaps one of our past Board members?

Feb. 27, 2015

Mr Hides Behind the Mask Torres,

Your post is inaccurate, love to count the ways but gotta run and spend the kickback my union bosses gave me...

Your epithets are curiously archaic, are you from the 1920's?

Feb. 27, 2015

Parents asked for documentation of items at the meeting. Nothing was present. There was no blue prints, no handouts of historical timelines, nothing...just an aerial view and a power point of the historical timelines. The first year the High School was present temporarily there was cross-age tutoring after school. The second year a handful of tutors from CVLCC tutored but this year there has been no cross-age tutoring. There has been no true benefit to the elementary school. In fact, I have witness students for CVLCC hugging and kissing several times. It is not my job to be policing high school students. When we were told they were using the first grade classrooms, I was a very pregnant teacher in one of the bungalows they currently use now and I had to relocate everything to another room. I did not receive any help from the district aside from a few hours possibly from a custodian to move my items. My husband moved 90% of all my items. Our site will not have space to grow. I'd love a science lab or a music room at our school. We have now empty classrooms. I still would like to see transparency. We shouldn't have to keep asking for documents or blue prints.

Feb. 25, 2015

CVsincethe70s - the governor you say? Not meaning to be a smart ass - however the Secretary of Education visited CPM and???????????? The SUHSD leadership was all on board with converting the entire campus into a Charter - and where is that Board now - gone, out of here, hasta la vista.

Feb. 26, 2015

The motion was approved. I could see 2 maybe 3 board members were not happy. That was clear in their expressions. They were reluctant to second any motion. The community found out why. The district basically co-signed for a 5 million loan that CVLCC took out. On top of that taxpayers found out they get the land rent free. The only pay for utilities. Parents had a representative from David Alvarez's office reminding them to share information and that they will be watched. Others also spoke on their behalf. My parents aren't done. The saw how one sided this is. They will be reminded every day when they deal with traffic and issues that continue to come up. High schoolers do not belong with elementary students.

Feb. 27, 2015

mystyinsandiego - Documents that can found online at San Diego Registrar of Voters website provided by Ms. Tremper indicates her employer as a SLP Lead at the River Springs CHARTER - ah, hello, yes you did read that right.

This is exactly why voters need to do their homework. Why would ANY voter darken in that circle?????

If the parents of this community want change in the manner in which the Chula Vista Elementary School Board conducts business - YOU NEED TO START NOW IN WORKING TO VOTE THOSE WHO ARE NOT LISTENING TO THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE OUT!!! You may have lost this battle but that does not mean you have lost the war. CHANGE REQUIRES HARD WORK!!!

Based on the votes I have researched in the past couple of days, there are three, 3, tres (how is that as an example of how ridiculous Common Core is) current members who seem to consistently vote as a block - but,,,,,, I guess that is better than the 5 cluster votes we use to see -

Who voted yes?

Feb. 27, 2015

I would advise all concerned with what is taking place in with this school site to listen to what anniej says.

Communities need to show up in numbers and be prepared to speak up. Study everything your school board has on the agenda. Call the superintendent. Call your principals, Call your trustees. Email them, use snail mail. Make sure your voices are heard.

The special interest groups are on the march, and they know how to manipulate the system.

If you care at all about public education, get involved!

Feb. 27, 2015

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