No room for charter, superintendent says
The plan to introduce a new charter high school is getting a tepid reaction from local high school district officials. William Smith is looking to start a charter school in Silicon Valley and said he hopes to meet soon with officials from the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District to discuss his plan.
"It partly depends on the friendliness of the reception we get," said Smith, an educator who has been considering the district as a site for his One World Preparatory School.
Smith has not yet presented his formal plan to the district but said he has spoken with Barry Groves, superintendent of the school district, who told Smith that Mountain View-Los Altos does not have the space to accommodate One World.
"There's no room for a charter school on my campuses," Groves told the Voice. "I don't have any room."
Smith said he understands Groves' concern and that he is looking into alternatives in the area outside of the district's grounds. Smith said he is considering postponing the opening of One World until 2012. Initially he had hoped to open the school in 2011.
"I definitely believe that there is a need for this school," Smith said.
One World would de-emphasize physical education and sports in favor of a robust foreign language program, according to Smith.