Chico Country Day School presses for vote on bond

A pair of would-be state senators, a representative of a would-be lieutenant governor, a member of the Butte County Board of Supervisors and Chico City Council member all took park in a noontime effort Friday to underscore the need to renovate the facilities that house the Chico Country Day School. Full Story
transparent

Chico, CA

#1 Oct 24, 2009
"Not on the agenda again..."

It's because it's a televised board meeting. Whenever there would be something that would be embarrassing to the district, they will try to have a "special meeting" so that only a handful of people actually hear the public comments. It violates every aspect of transparent government. Ask the board members if they have discussed this in private. If they told the truth, it would be another violation. The Brown Act exists for only honest agencies. CUSD feels it is above the law. They will eventually sign off but it's not like anyone will be grateful because look what they made us go through. They can't get around signing it and waited until they had no choice but to sign. Had CCDS not fought tooth and nail, it would have been denied.
Lincoln

Chico, CA

#2 Oct 24, 2009
Letterman's ten reasons that CUSD will use at their upcoming board meeting:

1. It's all been a misunderstanding.

2. We love CCDS and the letter we wrote them was just a practical joke.

3. We don't want a charter to have a beautiful campus that people will want to go to.

4. Could CUSD take the $8,000,000 just for one day and let it ride on red one time at Colusa Casino?

5. Could you help CUSD get some money?

6. We didn't really charge them for their own portables. That was a fee for our lawyers to read the application.

7. We won't charge you for the portables but we will raise your rent for everything else.

8. Could you help us improve our 22 schools?

9. You got a lot of politicians to help you. Could you get Obama to come to town and say hello?

10. Please forgive our stupidity. We were getting advice from our former lawyers.
stephens1949

Chico, CA

#3 Oct 24, 2009
It should be denied, all the schools have everything they need except pride, something that can not be bought. We have a very good college here in Chico and it has made do in an abandoned grocery store. All the people see is how they can get there hands on more and more money.
Informed Chico Citizen

Chico, CA

#4 Oct 24, 2009
Lincoln, your posting was hilarious. I think that people find the most humor in things that turn out to be the most realistic. I think you hit ten facts on the head that CUSD should be asking themselves at this very moment.
stephens1949

Chico, CA

#5 Oct 24, 2009
Go ahead over load them with $8,000,000.00, that will break them. If money can not get them to fighting amongst themselves nothing can!
Sally B

Chico, CA

#6 Oct 24, 2009
CUSD is much too busy to decide this at the next board meeting. They have important things on the agenda like field trips and student reports. You don't really expect them to discuss things that matter to others do you? It is my understanding that the agendas are made by the board president. If she wanted it discussed, she could have added it. She's quite the community representative.
Get to work

United States

#7 Oct 24, 2009
Oh for crying out loud! This has been dragging on for months and it isn't even on next week's agenda?!

This is just downright embarassing now. CUSD please MANAGE YOUR DISTRICT. If you aren't going to approve then spine-up and say no, but vote already you cowards!
Chico Mom

United States

#8 Oct 24, 2009
stephens1949 wrote:
It should be denied, all the schools have everything they need except pride, something that can not be bought. We have a very good college here in Chico and it has made do in an abandoned grocery store. All the people see is how they can get there hands on more and more money.
Yes the Univerisity of Phoenix has made use of an abandoned grocery store. I wonder how much they paid to make it look like University of Phoenix and not like Gold Country Market. I suspect that renovation cost them millions.

Country Day wants the grant money so they can make their abandoned school campus look as good as University of Phoenix.
stephens1949

Chico, CA

#9 Oct 24, 2009
Chico Mom wrote:
<quoted text>
Yes the Univerisity of Phoenix has made use of an abandoned grocery store. I wonder how much they paid to make it look like University of Phoenix and not like Gold Country Market. I suspect that renovation cost them millions.
Country Day wants the grant money so they can make their abandoned school campus look as good as University of Phoenix.
Waaaaa! Waaaaa! Waaaaa! Kids around the world learn to read with out paint.
Chico Mom

United States

#10 Oct 24, 2009
stephens1949 wrote:
<quoted text>Waaaaa! Waaaaa! Waaaaa! Kids around the world learn to read with out paint.
YOU are the one who used University of Phoenix rennovating an abandoned grocery store and turning it into a fantastic campus. That is the same thing CCDS wants to do.

Don't cry "waaaa" to me and claim kids learn with out paint when it was your example.
Taska

Chico, CA

#11 Oct 24, 2009
Can you believe the audacity of CCDS? First they want to help CUSD by renting an abandoned school. Then they have the audacity of wanting to fix it up for the community and not having it look like an embarrassment. Then they want to provide a good education to community children. Then to top it off they want to get a loan and refurbish it. How selfish of them!
Connor Bell-Whitburn

Durham, CA

#12 Oct 24, 2009
I attended this school from 2nd-5th, and I absolutely loved it.
I am now a senior and have advanced classes because of this school.
It would be great to see them get this bond to update their older facilities!
Chico Mom

United States

#13 Oct 24, 2009
Connor Bell-Whitburn wrote:
I attended this school from 2nd-5th, and I absolutely loved it.
I am now a senior and have advanced classes because of this school.
It would be great to see them get this bond to update their older facilities!
I'm so glad students and kids post here. Thanks.
Not quite so

Redding, CA

#14 Oct 24, 2009
stephens1949 wrote:
It should be denied, all the schools have everything they need except pride, something that can not be bought. We have a very good college here in Chico and it has made do in an abandoned grocery store. All the people see is how they can get there hands on more and more money.
The money comes from a bond passed by a majority of the voters in 2006 and has already been funded--it DOES NOT COME OUT OF CUSD's BUDGET. If CCDS does not get it it will go to another charter school in another community and Chico will miss out on that money. Another Chico school will continue to deteriorate. Read the excerpt below regarding the recent legislation signed by the governor making it easier for charters to receive these funds.

"SB 592 amends existing law to allow a charter school facility’s title to either be held by a government entity or the charter school itself. Because existing law states that funds cannot be released for school construction projects unless a school district holds the property’s title, charter schools can experience delays and even be prevented from ever being built. This legislation removes the barrier to funding and puts construction on the fast track."
Chico Mom

United States

#15 Oct 24, 2009
Doug La Malfa and Rick Keene homeschool their kids through another charter school in this town called CORE. I bet they looked around Country Day and heard about the fights with CUSD and congratulated themselves on going elsewhere for their kids' educations.
stephens1949

Chico, CA

#16 Oct 25, 2009
Not quite so wrote:
<quoted text>
The money comes from a bond passed by a majority of the voters in 2006 and has already been funded--it DOES NOT COME OUT OF CUSD's BUDGET. If CCDS does not get it it will go to another charter school in another community and Chico will miss out on that money. Another Chico school will continue to deteriorate. Read the excerpt below regarding the recent legislation signed by the governor making it easier for charters to receive these funds.
"SB 592 amends existing law to allow a charter school facility’s title to either be held by a government entity or the charter school itself. Because existing law states that funds cannot be released for school construction projects unless a school district holds the property’s title, charter schools can experience delays and even be prevented from ever being built. This legislation removes the barrier to funding and puts construction on the fast track."
What you want everyone think is that the money will not be coming out of the taxpayers pocket, right. This you make sound like the RDA scam. The unmoral philosophy of " If we do not take it someone else will get it". You are sick.
Not quite so

Redding, CA

#17 Oct 25, 2009
stephens1949 wrote:
<quoted text>What you want everyone think is that the money will not be coming out of the taxpayers pocket, right. This you make sound like the RDA scam. The unmoral philosophy of " If we do not take it someone else will get it". You are sick.
Actually I stated that this money was a bond approved by a majority of the voters, so I was quite upfront that the money is taxpayer money. And it will be spent one way or another so, yes, if we don't take it and improve a Chico school then it will go to the benefit of another community. I would be completely in support of this money going to ANY local school, however Prop 1D is specifically for charter school improvements.

And, no, luckily I have avoided this nasty flu that is going around, but thanks for your concern :)

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