In making last week's surprise announcement that the Summit Institute is refusing a new school in East Palo Alto in favor of temporary space in an office building in Redwood City, Summit's chief executive states that she wanted to make an "end run" around the school district and exempt the new school from regulatory requirements.
She plans to needlessly spend taxpayers' money — without any public hearings or regulatory oversight — and then sue the district for the cost. Clearly, this is an "end run" around regulators and local taxpayers, not just the school district. (Incidentally, when the Sequoia district is granted local exemption, oversight authority transfers to the state, and all of this is done in the public arena.)
The district's new school that has been turned down by Summit — a quality learning environment that was planned, budgeted and approved by voters some time ago — will assuredly house a quality educational program. Our focus remains firmly fixed on the success of all students and responsible stewardship of community resources.
Patrick Gemma, Superintendent
Sequoia Union High School District