An offer of school facilities is on the table to Everest Public High School for the 2010-11 school year. It comes from the Sequoia Union High School District, which fought unrelentingly to prevent Everest from opening its doors to its first freshman class last August.
The district is now offering to relocate Everest's freshman and sophomore classes from 18,000-square-feet in a well-equipped office building in Redwood City, where the school has a two-year lease, to a one-year stint on the campus of Woodside High School, where the school would have eight classrooms plus an administrative office.
The offer comes in the context of a lawsuit. Everest is suing the Sequoia district, claiming that the district acted illegally in offering to house Everest in several modular classroom buildings for two years in residential East Palo Alto.
Jim Lianides, an assistant superintendent for the Sequoia district, outlined the new offer on Wednesday, Jan. 27, to the district's governing board, with representatives from Everest and Woodside High in attendance.
Diane Tavenner, co-founder of Everest, said she asked the district for an advance copy of the offer before the board meeting and was refused. Ms. Tavenner had no comment on the preliminary offer.
The district plans to mail a detailed offer to Everest officials on Monday, Feb. 1, Mr. Lianides said. Everest would have a month to evaluate it, followed by a month to allow the district to prepare a final offer. Everest would then have 30 days to accept or reject it.
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