The court battle is over and maybe the conflict is, too. The Sequoia Union High School District and Everest (charter) Public High School have settled on plans to locate the school in Redwood City, according to a district press release issued May 5.
As a result, officials from the Summit Institute, Everest's parent organization, have agreed to dismiss a lawsuit over the legality of the Sequoia district's offer of a school site in East Palo Alto, district spokeswoman Bettylu Smith said in a statement. While neither side will have to pay the other's attorneys fees, the high school district has agreed to several stipulations, all of which involve keeping the school in Redwood City:
■ The district will pay $220,000 to Everest -- $30,000 for tenant improvements at the current Main Street location in Redwood City, and about $190,000 to rent the building for the 2010-11 school year.
■ The district will house Everest for three years, starting in September 2011, in a new 17-classroom, 32,000-square-foot, green building being built between Fourth and Fifth avenues in Redwood City.
■ The district and Summit Institute will "work collaboratively" to plan for Everest's future after 2014, Ms. Smith said. In an interview, Ms. Tavenner said she expects a permanent home to be located in Redwood City and have room for Everest and Summit Preparatory Charter High School, Everest's sister school.
"It's very exciting for the kids and the families and the long-term security of the schools," Ms. Tavenner said.
Asked who on the district side were the prime movers in reaching the agreement, Ms. Tavenner credited "many people in both organizations," but called board President Olivia Martinez "a huge factor for making this happen."
Ms. Smith quoted Ms. Martinez in the statement. "Our shared commitment to the best interests of students led us on the path to reaching this agreement, and it will continue to be the guiding force as we continue to collaborate with our Summit Institute and Everest colleagues," she said. "We are appreciative of the commitment and effort on the part of everyone involved in reaching this agreement and the cooperation in charting a new course for our ongoing collaboration."