Valley Oak Meeting Tonight

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Dear Valley Oak Community,

The effort to build Valley Oak Charter School is not over yet!

Now that DJUSD has created our need to appeal to the county, Valley Oak Charter School Organizers need to hear whether the neighborhood and community still want their neighborhood school.

What you can do:

1) Attend the community meeting this Saturday, Feb. 2, from 6:30 – 7:30 pm in the Valley Oak MPR, 1400 East Eighth Street and bring your child’s intent to enroll form.

2) Check the VOCS website for further information

3) If you can’t attend the meeting, call the phone number below and make your wishes known to the organizers right away.

In the meeting, we will:

  • Let organizers know that you want them to continue to develop the charter school.
  • Learn about the ways in which we plan to have the charter approved by the county and/or the state
  • Answer additional questions about the charter and the “intent to return” form.
For questions or transportation, please contact Sarah at 758-3728.
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David Greenwald is the founder, editor, and executive director of the Davis Vanguard. He founded the Vanguard in 2006. David Greenwald moved to Davis in 1996 to attend Graduate School at UC Davis in Political Science. He lives in South Davis with his wife Cecilia Escamilla Greenwald and three children.

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4 thoughts on “Valley Oak Meeting Tonight”

  1. Elaine Roberts Musser

    I plan to attend the VO Charter School meeting tonight. It is important for citizens to show support, whether you have a child currently in school or not. We are on the cusp of something innovative and great here. If VO Charter School succeeds, and I believe it will if there is enough community support, then there is a chance to bring real fiscal accountability and improvement to our school system.

    We have suffered horrendous fiscal mismanagement at the hands of the school district and school board majority. Supt. Hammond wanted to give the VO Charter School a fighting chance, recognizing the value of trying something fresh and energizing in our district. If the community doesn’t rally around this challenge, we will get nothing but more of the same sorry financial mess we have received thus far.

    The School Board warned they may have to close another elementary school if VO Charter School opens – the fear being the school district would allegedly lose $300,000. If another elementary school is slated for closure, then it can become a charter school too! Probably the best thing that could happen to it and to Davis schools!! Competition is a wonderful motivator.

    I would also point out that I was not in the least impressed by all the “hand-wringing” and “agonizing” the School Board said they were experiencing in making their difficult decision not to approve the charter. They had no problem paying an outgoing, disgraced Supt. $240,000 for doing absolutely nothing for the school district for an entire year.

    The comment by the School Board that they “could not” “legally” allow the Charter School to use out of circulation school district books was disingenuous at best. Are you telling me the school district couldn’t find a way to “loan” the books out? I think some creative mechanism could be developed on this issue, if someone was willing to put their mind to it.

    Furthermore, if the School Board is going to exalt form over substance, then its way past time to wrest control away from them and put it in the hands of folks who can get things done in a more efficient, fairer, and less costly way – the parents and teachers.

    Once the Charter School is approved, I would like to see members of the community come forward and propose innovative programs. I know I have several ideas. When a community puts their collective mind towards a laudable goal, it is amazing what can be accomplished.

    I applaud the proponents for their gargantuan efforts to overcome the Goliath that is the current School Board. In my opinion, the current School Board majority of 4 has a lot of explaining to do, from what I heard at their last meeting when they denied the Charter. Disrespectful doesn’t even begin to cover some of their comments.

  2. Elaine Roberts Musser

    I plan to attend the VO Charter School meeting tonight. It is important for citizens to show support, whether you have a child currently in school or not. We are on the cusp of something innovative and great here. If VO Charter School succeeds, and I believe it will if there is enough community support, then there is a chance to bring real fiscal accountability and improvement to our school system.

    We have suffered horrendous fiscal mismanagement at the hands of the school district and school board majority. Supt. Hammond wanted to give the VO Charter School a fighting chance, recognizing the value of trying something fresh and energizing in our district. If the community doesn’t rally around this challenge, we will get nothing but more of the same sorry financial mess we have received thus far.

    The School Board warned they may have to close another elementary school if VO Charter School opens – the fear being the school district would allegedly lose $300,000. If another elementary school is slated for closure, then it can become a charter school too! Probably the best thing that could happen to it and to Davis schools!! Competition is a wonderful motivator.

    I would also point out that I was not in the least impressed by all the “hand-wringing” and “agonizing” the School Board said they were experiencing in making their difficult decision not to approve the charter. They had no problem paying an outgoing, disgraced Supt. $240,000 for doing absolutely nothing for the school district for an entire year.

    The comment by the School Board that they “could not” “legally” allow the Charter School to use out of circulation school district books was disingenuous at best. Are you telling me the school district couldn’t find a way to “loan” the books out? I think some creative mechanism could be developed on this issue, if someone was willing to put their mind to it.

    Furthermore, if the School Board is going to exalt form over substance, then its way past time to wrest control away from them and put it in the hands of folks who can get things done in a more efficient, fairer, and less costly way – the parents and teachers.

    Once the Charter School is approved, I would like to see members of the community come forward and propose innovative programs. I know I have several ideas. When a community puts their collective mind towards a laudable goal, it is amazing what can be accomplished.

    I applaud the proponents for their gargantuan efforts to overcome the Goliath that is the current School Board. In my opinion, the current School Board majority of 4 has a lot of explaining to do, from what I heard at their last meeting when they denied the Charter. Disrespectful doesn’t even begin to cover some of their comments.

  3. Elaine Roberts Musser

    I plan to attend the VO Charter School meeting tonight. It is important for citizens to show support, whether you have a child currently in school or not. We are on the cusp of something innovative and great here. If VO Charter School succeeds, and I believe it will if there is enough community support, then there is a chance to bring real fiscal accountability and improvement to our school system.

    We have suffered horrendous fiscal mismanagement at the hands of the school district and school board majority. Supt. Hammond wanted to give the VO Charter School a fighting chance, recognizing the value of trying something fresh and energizing in our district. If the community doesn’t rally around this challenge, we will get nothing but more of the same sorry financial mess we have received thus far.

    The School Board warned they may have to close another elementary school if VO Charter School opens – the fear being the school district would allegedly lose $300,000. If another elementary school is slated for closure, then it can become a charter school too! Probably the best thing that could happen to it and to Davis schools!! Competition is a wonderful motivator.

    I would also point out that I was not in the least impressed by all the “hand-wringing” and “agonizing” the School Board said they were experiencing in making their difficult decision not to approve the charter. They had no problem paying an outgoing, disgraced Supt. $240,000 for doing absolutely nothing for the school district for an entire year.

    The comment by the School Board that they “could not” “legally” allow the Charter School to use out of circulation school district books was disingenuous at best. Are you telling me the school district couldn’t find a way to “loan” the books out? I think some creative mechanism could be developed on this issue, if someone was willing to put their mind to it.

    Furthermore, if the School Board is going to exalt form over substance, then its way past time to wrest control away from them and put it in the hands of folks who can get things done in a more efficient, fairer, and less costly way – the parents and teachers.

    Once the Charter School is approved, I would like to see members of the community come forward and propose innovative programs. I know I have several ideas. When a community puts their collective mind towards a laudable goal, it is amazing what can be accomplished.

    I applaud the proponents for their gargantuan efforts to overcome the Goliath that is the current School Board. In my opinion, the current School Board majority of 4 has a lot of explaining to do, from what I heard at their last meeting when they denied the Charter. Disrespectful doesn’t even begin to cover some of their comments.

  4. Elaine Roberts Musser

    I plan to attend the VO Charter School meeting tonight. It is important for citizens to show support, whether you have a child currently in school or not. We are on the cusp of something innovative and great here. If VO Charter School succeeds, and I believe it will if there is enough community support, then there is a chance to bring real fiscal accountability and improvement to our school system.

    We have suffered horrendous fiscal mismanagement at the hands of the school district and school board majority. Supt. Hammond wanted to give the VO Charter School a fighting chance, recognizing the value of trying something fresh and energizing in our district. If the community doesn’t rally around this challenge, we will get nothing but more of the same sorry financial mess we have received thus far.

    The School Board warned they may have to close another elementary school if VO Charter School opens – the fear being the school district would allegedly lose $300,000. If another elementary school is slated for closure, then it can become a charter school too! Probably the best thing that could happen to it and to Davis schools!! Competition is a wonderful motivator.

    I would also point out that I was not in the least impressed by all the “hand-wringing” and “agonizing” the School Board said they were experiencing in making their difficult decision not to approve the charter. They had no problem paying an outgoing, disgraced Supt. $240,000 for doing absolutely nothing for the school district for an entire year.

    The comment by the School Board that they “could not” “legally” allow the Charter School to use out of circulation school district books was disingenuous at best. Are you telling me the school district couldn’t find a way to “loan” the books out? I think some creative mechanism could be developed on this issue, if someone was willing to put their mind to it.

    Furthermore, if the School Board is going to exalt form over substance, then its way past time to wrest control away from them and put it in the hands of folks who can get things done in a more efficient, fairer, and less costly way – the parents and teachers.

    Once the Charter School is approved, I would like to see members of the community come forward and propose innovative programs. I know I have several ideas. When a community puts their collective mind towards a laudable goal, it is amazing what can be accomplished.

    I applaud the proponents for their gargantuan efforts to overcome the Goliath that is the current School Board. In my opinion, the current School Board majority of 4 has a lot of explaining to do, from what I heard at their last meeting when they denied the Charter. Disrespectful doesn’t even begin to cover some of their comments.

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