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Everest, Sequoia district dance to familiar tune

Original post made on Mar 9, 2010

Everest Public High School representatives have rejected a new offer of facilities from Sequoia Union High School District administrators. The offer includes eight classrooms and an office for one year on the campus of Woodside High School.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, March 9, 2010, 11:35 AM


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Posted by Concerned Parent
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Mar 9, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Here we go again. Dr. Gemma is making his farewell tour and is still playing limbo: "How low can I go?"
It would appear that SUHSD is doing what they can to make an absolute minimum offer and then rush to hide behind a technical defense. Why would the Everest folks move from a place where there is stability for a few years to be a roaming band of noamds moving at SUHSDs will? If SUHSD were negotiating in good faith, why is it impossible to provide facilities for more than one year. The district continues to treat Everest as slightly less than an afterthought and seems surprised that relations have not improved.
I suppose the only surprising thing here is that the classrooms are all on the same campus. I was half expecting four classrooms at Woodside and four in EPA or something like that.

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Posted by Simple Simon
a resident of Oak Knoll School
on Mar 9, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Appropriate title to this article. It is a the same old offer that doesn't solve any problem other than posture the District. I'm glad Everest is staying put. I feel sorry for the Woodside Principal, I understand he was blind-sided by the District as well when this proposal was released.

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Posted by former M-A Parent
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Mar 10, 2010 at 12:33 am

Here we go again! The District makes a decent offer to Everest - Woodside High School no less and notin so called remote East Palo Alto that was rejected last time because it was too remote and not in Redwood City. It is never going to be good enough for Tavenner. She wants it all. If they students want to be treated like regular students at Woodside High School then I suggest that they enroll there.

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Posted by POGO
a resident of Woodside: other
on Mar 10, 2010 at 12:20 pm

And after a year the district will move Everest to M-A and then on to Carlmont and then to Sequoia... They'll play the same shell game they played with Aurora.

Everest isn't playing their game.

Just one question that no one will ever answer - if the District's previous offers were so good and fully compliant with law (as they have asserted) why does the District keep revising its proposals? It just shows you the SUHSD has NO faith in their earlier offers.

The fact that Everest is staying put and waiting for the court to spank the district shows their confidence in their position. The fact that SUHSD keeps making new offers shows the lack of confidence in their position.

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Posted by jim watson
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Mar 13, 2010 at 3:30 pm

Why does the SUHS district continue to wast time and money, lots of money, making it difficult for Everest to educate our children. They are by law required to work with charter schools and treat them and our children with the respect they deserve. One in every four incomming 9th grade students applied to attend Summit or Everest charter schools. Only 200 will be accepted out of 800. This shows a huge demand for well run charter schools. The SUSH district needs to represent all, YES ALL, students in the district. 25% of the students want to be at a Summit run charter school and 75% want the traditional school. Teaching is an honorable proffesion. I do not know any teacher who would strive to only teach 75% of their students with dignity and passion. Why does the district?