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on Jun 22, 2007
I was one of the speakers at the LASD School Board Meeting on Monday night. Ms. AlexaTondreau did not accurately report what I and several others said!! In my speech, I specifically said that a new school should be created for ALL THE STUDENTS IN THE NORTHERN PART OF THE DISTRICT (NOT only those students North of El Camino!!!)
>"Several suggested converting the Egan Camp site, located at Egan Junior High School,
into an elementary school." >>The Egan Camp Site has already been serving as an elementary school since 2002, when it was occupied first by Almond School and then by Santa Rita (one year each) and, since 2004, by Bullis Charter School. The quality of the junior high school at Egan Middle School does not seem to be affected at all!! If Bullis were moved back to its' original campus, then the Camp Site could house a new elementary school that would serve all children in the northern part of the district.
Ms Tondreau also inaccurately reported which schools that would be losing students, and to/from which schools. I live at The Old Mill. Children living here have always been attending ALMOND ELEMENTARY, and beginning in 2008, all stgudents in the North of El Camino neighborhoods of The Crossings and The Old Mll will have to go to COVINGTON!!
PLEASE CHECK YOUR FACTS BEFORE YOU PUT AN ARTICLE ON THE FRONT PAGE!!!
A minor detail, but the 51 from Santa Rita going to Bullis are Los Altos kids, residing within a contiguous boundary, approximately equidistant between SR and Bullis Purissima - but having to cross Foothill, which they don't currently, and they are worried about not being able to walk because of that street crossing.
A crossing guard would go a long way there.
It is our hope that a school in the North would be for ALL children in the North, as Santa Rita and Almond are now, not just for NEC. If it were to be just for the NEC neighbourhoods, the school would be outside of it's own attendance area. However, Ms. Tondreau is only echoing what many of the board members also feel we are saying - that the school would be specifically for the NEC. We're still trying to get this idea ironed out with them.
We always strive to be accurate in our reporting. In your comment you seem upset over errors in our story, but it's not clear to me what exactly is wrong here. I welcome your input on the following points:
* You said we mischaracterized your statement about a theoretical new school in the north, because it should be for "ALL THE STUDENTS IN THE NORTHERN PART OF THE DISTRICT (NOT only those students North of El Camino!!!)" We never said who this theoretical school would be for specifically. Our story states: "A common theme among speakers Monday night was the need to look into creating another school in the north of El Camino area." Is this inaccurate? Would a school south of El Camino but for NEC students be acceptable to you?
* Your commentary about Egan School seems more aimed at the LASD board than at us.
* You said we were wrong about which students go where, because "all stgudents in the North of El Camino neighborhoods of The Crossings and The Old Mll will have to go to COVINGTON!!" Here is the third paragraph of our story: "Scenario 2.3 ... moves 122 students living north of El Camino Real in the Crossings and Showers Drive neighborhoods out of Santa Rita Elementary School and into Covington Elementary." Note that we focused only on Mountain View students, not those living in Los Altos.
I believe that the different was on the fact that not all NEC is moved from Santa Rita to Covington. Some were attending Almond and are being sent to Covington (rather than Springer where their Almond schoolmates from H2G are being shipped to).
I am looking to move my kids to this school but I am from Mountain View California st. IS this mean I can't get it to this school then? please advice.
I wish that the Waverley Park neighborhood children could attend Covington School which is within walking distance of most homes there. This would open up more slots at Huff Elementary for other Mountain View children.
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