Why have a Community Hall Meeting on Feb 18th?
Posted in the Salton City Forum
#1 Feb 16, 2009
A Community Hall Meeting was planned for Feb 18th to discuss options in case CVUSD decided to close West Shores HS. Since the school board took West Shores off the table, why do we still need a meeting?
We need a meeting (and we need a good turnout) because the crisis with West Shores is THREE-FOLD. The first crisis-closing WSHS-is no longer a problem...for now. The frightening truth is, there have been repeated efforts to close West Shores for much of its 25+ year history.
We need to think and brainstorm and plan LONG-TERM to ensure the future of our community high school. This meeting will facilitate that process.
AND we need to have a very serious conversation about "parity" with the other CVUSD high schools. The school district had TWO motivations to close West Shores...not just to save money in a budget crunch.
West Shores, and the West Shores communities, have every right to expect the same quality of facilities, programs, and choices as other school district high schools. The list of things West Shores DOESN'T have (that the other schools have) is much longer than the list of things West Shores has. It would cost as much as $20 million to provide parity at West Shores.
The math was pretty simple at the school district. They could not afford to give West Shores students the things they deserved--but they could bring West Shores students to where those things already existed AND save $1.6 million in the deal.
THIS is why our community needs to meet on the 18th. We need to come up with some concrete support to make sure that we not only keep our high school...but we give our students the same benefits and opportunities CVUSD may not ever provide.
So, please attend. No one will be obligated to anything by attending. All contructive ideas are welcome.
#2 Feb 17, 2009
Be careful of how much you press the "parity" issue right now.
There may be some on the school board that will use it as a reason (excuse) to close the High School, claiming that the only way to give the students parity is to ship them to the "full service" high schools in the district.
There's wolves in sheeps clothing all around here.
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