Last night’s school board meeting had an agenda item about removing the portables from El Cerrito High School and moving Portola students to temporary buildings on the Portola lower pad while Castro is rebuild. Completely unexpectedly, the board voted instead to possibly close Portola altogether. Joanna Pace, Portola PTSA President, was at that meeting, and wrote the mesage below late last night.
I’ll post more information as it comes available. The next school board meeting is Wednesday, January 20th– please come to that meeting or contact the school board to let them know your feelings about this- contact information is below.
Dear Portola Parents,
I’m having a hard time writing this Update…
The Board did something so unexpected that I am wondering if it is even legal…
They voted to rescind their decision to move us to the ECHS portables AND included in that vote that they will either
1.) Close Portola permanently at the end of this year, OR,
2.) Temporarily reassign students, in August 2010, to one of six locations…hold on to your hats:
K-8 at Mira Vista
K-8 at Stege
7-12 at Kennedy
7-12 at El Cerrito High
7-8 at DeJean
7-8 at Helms
The power point presentation on this was not in the Board packet, but I will ask that it be made available.
Please plan on coming to the Jan. 20 School Board meeting to voice your objections to this plan that was made with no public notice.
And raise hell with the school Board right now. Send them your emails. Tell them we want a middle school in El Cerrito.
Come to next Tuesday’s PTSA meeting, for more information.
Too tired to write more,
—J.Pace PTSA President