Chino Valley district approves charte...

Chino Valley district approves charter school

There are 136 comments on the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin story from Jan 22, 2010, titled Chino Valley district approves charter school. In it, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin reports that:

As lightning crashed and thunder roared in a wet sky above Chino on Thursday night, smiles and relief ruled the ground at Don Lugo High.

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anyword

Panorama City, CA

#1 Jan 22, 2010
So "Virtual High School" is a euphemism for alternative high school. Sneaky Calta is at it again!
Who

Artesia, CA

#2 Jan 22, 2010
Who's principle? DB says Watts and posters on other boards say Roche.

Which one is it?
XXX

Lake Elsinore, CA

#3 Jan 23, 2010
Using the Los Serranos site for a "virtual high school"? PLEASE!!
Just more fancy political jargon to disguise the waste of educational funds and facilities.
Lease or rent that site out to the charter school and make some of the money you claim to be losing do to their establishment.
"Virtual high school"!! C'MON PEOPLE!!!
OPA SUPPORTER

Moreno Valley, CA

#4 Jan 23, 2010
What a problem the charter school has? To name either Sue Roche or Jason Watts as the school principal! Both of these administrators are above the district's league and should be Dean's at the University Level! They are both highly educated, rich in experience, and have amazing leadership skills.
It is unfortunate that the district wasted their talents and were unable to allow them to spread their knowledge with other district schools. They were left with no other choice, but to lead this charge for an alternative choice in education!
Principal, vice-principal, area director??? It doesn't matter to me which title they choose to take...as long as they're both involved with the development and implementation of OPA, I'll be happy!
Congratulations Mrs. Roche and Mr. Watts! You deserve to have this opportunity and I wish you the best of luck with this endeavor! I can't wait to enroll my students in OPA!
Calta

Moreno Valley, CA

#5 Jan 23, 2010
XXX wrote:
Using the Los Serranos site for a "virtual high school"? PLEASE!!
Just more fancy political jargon to disguise the waste of educational funds and facilities.
Lease or rent that site out to the charter school and make some of the money you claim to be losing do to their establishment.
"Virtual high school"!! C'MON PEOPLE!!!
XXX wrote:
Using the Los Serranos site for a "virtual high school"? PLEASE!!
Just more fancy political jargon to disguise the waste of educational funds and facilities.
Lease or rent that site out to the charter school and make some of the money you claim to be losing do to their establishment.
"Virtual high school"!! C'MON PEOPLE!!!
Well, it's more than fancy jargon. A Virtual High school has the potential of increasing revenues tremendously (far more than leasing the facility to another organization) while diversifying learning opportunities/methods for students, enabling more students to develop educational success. Here's a link to an article that explains it in more detail: http://www.dailybulletin.com/ci_14249811

Also, by moving the Professional Development Center to Los Serranos, the industrial facility the PDC currently occupies, which is owned by CVUSD, can be leased out commercially to generate more significant revenue.

The board will be voting Tuesday night on a resolution to offer OPA the use of the El Rancho site and the use of the science labs at Magnolia. OPA will have to provide access to a science lab to their 7th and 8th graders and this would help them meet their students' needs and the majority of OPA interested students reside in Chino where these schools are located. It will ultimately be up to OPA where they locate within the Chino Valley among available and suitable facilities.
Chino Hills Mummy

Kapolei, HI

#6 Jan 23, 2010
What exactly will OPA do that the other schools in Chino do not? All I see are parents pulling their kids out of local schols and leaving the least abled kids there. And we wonder why API scores go down!
Chino Hills Mummy

Kapolei, HI

#7 Jan 23, 2010
OOOPS... SchOOL.
Concerned Chino Parent

AOL

#8 Jan 23, 2010
OPA SUPPORTER wrote:
What a problem the charter school has? To name either Sue Roche or Jason Watts as the school principal! Both of these administrators are above the district's league and should be Dean's at the University Level! They are both highly educated, rich in experience, and have amazing leadership skills.
It is unfortunate that the district wasted their talents and were unable to allow them to spread their knowledge with other district schools. They were left with no other choice, but to lead this charge for an alternative choice in education!
Principal, vice-principal, area director??? It doesn't matter to me which title they choose to take...as long as they're both involved with the development and implementation of OPA, I'll be happy!
Congratulations Mrs. Roche and Mr. Watts! You deserve to have this opportunity and I wish you the best of luck with this endeavor! I can't wait to enroll my students in OPA!
Gosh, I hope you get in...sounds like it will be so popular that a lottery will take place.
WalMartisBetter

Schodack Landing, NY

#9 Jan 23, 2010
Calta wrote:
<quoted text><quoted text>Well, it's more than fancy jargon. A Virtual High school has the potential of increasing revenues tremendously (far more than leasing the facility to another organization) while diversifying learning opportunities/methods for students, enabling more students to develop educational success. Here's a link to an article that explains it in more detail: http://www.dailybulletin.com/ci_14249811
Also, by moving the Professional Development Center to Los Serranos, the industrial facility the PDC currently occupies, which is owned by CVUSD, can be leased out commercially to generate more significant revenue.
The board will be voting Tuesday night on a resolution to offer OPA the use of the El Rancho site and the use of the science labs at Magnolia. OPA will have to provide access to a science lab to their 7th and 8th graders and this would help them meet their students' needs and the majority of OPA interested students reside in Chino where these schools are located. It will ultimately be up to OPA where they locate within the Chino Valley among available and suitable facilities.
Are you kidding us? What a joke Mr Calta. Commercial leases are at an all time low. Please be honest with us Mr Calta. You were elected because people trusted in you.
You are now in the role or Mr Sneaky.
MYOB

San Fernando, CA

#10 Jan 23, 2010
OPA SUPPORTER wrote:
What a problem the charter school has? To name either Sue Roche or Jason Watts as the school principal! Both of these administrators are above the district's league and should be Dean's at the University Level! They are both highly educated, rich in experience, and have amazing leadership skills.
It is unfortunate that the district wasted their talents and were unable to allow them to spread their knowledge with other district schools. They were left with no other choice, but to lead this charge for an alternative choice in education!
Principal, vice-principal, area director??? It doesn't matter to me which title they choose to take...as long as they're both involved with the development and implementation of OPA, I'll be happy!
Congratulations Mrs. Roche and Mr. Watts! You deserve to have this opportunity and I wish you the best of luck with this endeavor! I can't wait to enroll my students in OPA!
Get over yourself.
OPA Info

La Canada Flintridge, CA

#11 Jan 23, 2010
Chino Hills Mummy wrote:
What exactly will OPA do that the other schools in Chino do not? All I see are parents pulling their kids out of local schols and leaving the least abled kids there. And we wonder why API scores go down!
For more information on the OPA program and whether or not it is your educational choice for your children, check out OPA's websites: 1) www.oxfordchampions.com , 2) www.oxfordpreparatoryacademy.blogspot.com , and 3) you can be a twitter follower at www.twitter.com/opachampions . Stay tuned for upcoming Parent Information Forums. OPA will also have fundraisers coming up at Johnny Rockets on February 4th (11 am - 9 pm)and Chick-Fil-A on February 17 (5-8 pm).
Chino II

Hesperia, CA

#12 Jan 23, 2010
Hello??? It is no one's business who is going to a principal at OPA and I don't really care!

I hope best for the OPA and virtual high school is an excellent idea to add/recoup some lost revenues back to our district. Mr.Wayne Joseph's staffs are doing a good job.
Chino II

Hesperia, CA

#13 Jan 23, 2010
OPA's leadership seems to be more alert and up to date with modern teaching techniques.... of course, without strong parental support, nothing is going to work. I envy their great excitement in achieving educational goals.

It's absolutely possible that a deeper passion in one's heart can determine the outcome.
Chino Hills Mummy

Kapolei, HI

#14 Jan 23, 2010
I read the info and other than less redtape, I don't see any difference. Once again parents will pull their bright kids out of local schools and leave them with the dregs. It will be the haves versus the have nots. Why not help the local schools achieve high goals and experiences for ALL children not just the ones who like a supposedly fancier school?
oxfordchampionsd otcom

Moreno Valley, CA

#15 Jan 23, 2010
Chino Hills Mummy wrote:
What exactly will OPA do that the other schools in Chino do not? All I see are parents pulling their kids out of local schols and leaving the least abled kids there. And we wonder why API scores go down!
The autonomy of being a charter school will allow OPA's educational program to be structured differently from other District schools. If you have not attended any of OPA's public information meetings, we encourage you to do so. Topics such as the Theory of Multiple Intelligences as OPA's school-wide model, the importance of staff development, enrichment classes, foreign language, music, art and parent involvement are all key elements to the OPA program.

Autonomy in curriculum design and the ability to choose which text books best meet the needs of the students, rather than having no choice outside of District-adopted textbooks is another way OPA will be different.

It is a very fair statement to say that charter schools can be a mixed bag. A simple rubber stamp declaring that a school is a charter does not make it necessarily better, more functional, or immune to organizational problems. I believe a charter school needs three critical element upon launch for success:

- A successful charter school must have a solid and proven educational program
- A successful charter school must have a successful and proven administrative team with a proven track record
- A successful charter school must have a parent community that aligns with the core educational philosophy and wants to be part of it.

Charter schools are schools of choice. This school will be successful because of the administrators, educators, parents, students, and now thanks to the CVUSD Board of Trustees and Superintendent Joseph who have all joined together---all BELIEVE in the mission and will work together to make it succeed. This should be the attitude and mission at every single campus throughout our District.
Chino II

Hesperia, CA

#16 Jan 23, 2010
Mummy, I understand how you feel but all parents are different and some feel that they are only responsive for their own kid's educational achievement.

However, being fair, if all parents are as dedicated/has passion for their kid's educational success as OPA parents and it's leadership ...we can minimize the number of under performing students district wide.
Chino II

Hesperia, CA

#17 Jan 23, 2010
I hope OPA can help ignite some fire in our district. Of course, in a positive way.
Concerned Chino parent

AOL

#18 Jan 23, 2010
Chino Hills Mummy wrote:
I read the info and other than less redtape, I don't see any difference. Once again parents will pull their bright kids out of local schools and leave them with the dregs. It will be the haves versus the have nots. Why not help the local schools achieve high goals and experiences for ALL children not just the ones who like a supposedly fancier school?
As a firm believer in the need to support neighborhood schools (community support/home values), I agree with you to a point. Don't agree though about "...leave them with the dregs." A lot of great kids come in all colors, are rich or poor and many may not have involved parents but succeed in spite of this.

I don't think OPA will be death of good schools/good students/good teachers.
Concerned Chino Parent

AOL

#19 Jan 23, 2010
MYOB wrote:
<quoted text>
Get over yourself.
Ha! Made me laugh!
Enquirer

Moreno Valley, CA

#20 Jan 23, 2010
The OPA supporters make it seem like the theory of multiple intelligences will only be available and used at their charter school. But for the record, many teachers throughout the district utilize this teaching method. OPA uses this teaching method as one of their marketing tactics.

Also, those intent to enroll forms in no way guarantee your child has a spot in their school. So if it is between Juan Garcia and Dakotah Taylor getting that last available seat, who will win? A lottery will be held? Who will be in charge of that lottery?

On another note, how will OPA gauge student achievements? In a district that is so focused on teaching to the test, what type of testing will OPA utilize?

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