Editor’s note: I received permission to publish this letter from Shawn Garvey, who sent it out to fellow parents of Grass Valley Charter School. Some other parents had forwarded it to me. It underscores an ongoing challenge in the public schools, and the painful impact being felt by parents and students by some decision-making. It will continue too: We are an aging, declining population with declining school enrollment, so some exceptional and bold public leadership is required.
I’m hoping that all parents of Grass Valley Charter School parents attend the meeting about school consolidation tonight at the Bell Hill Campus.
As some of you may know, Grass Valley Charter School had its campus split between Bell Hill and Hennessey this past year. That split of our school community has been controversial, and it fundamentally undermines the very philosophy of the Grass Valley Charter School Expeditionary Model and our school’s Character Traits.
By splitting apart our younger children from our older students, it violates a basic premise of the school’s Community and tears at the fabric of unity on our campus.
However, parents (in retrospect, regretfully) went along with this because it was promised that our school would be made whole in a years time, that this was a temporary situation.
What we realize in retrospect that this was somewhat cynical effort by the Grass Valley School District to simply maintain its declining enrollment and add revenue by adding additional GVCS classes that were never part of the school’s Strategic Plan in the first place. In essence, GVCS has been coerced to grow in order to secure dollars and students.
The school now has too many classes to fit back into the Bell Hill campus. But the parents of Hennessy students are fighting to preserve their school, which is only fair. And the result is, that as a direct result of bureaucratic mismanagement of the issue, parents of both schools are put in the unenviable position of being in conflict with each other, each about the future of their own school.
This didn’t need to happen. Frankly, this occurred as a direct result of failure to communicate with parents and the community by the school district and the GVCS and Hennessey school administrations.
If you are a GVCS parent, please attend tonight and let it be known that the outcome has to be that our campus and our community is made whole and complete in the next academic year, and that nothing less is a failure to live up to the District’s committments, but more importantly to the values that GVCS represents, and the very reasons the school is successful in the first place.
6:00 Bell Hill School — Tonight (yes, Friday, I know.)
For other parents — of GVCS students or any students in the Grass Valley School District — displeased by the Grass Valley School District’s ineptitude, make sure you attend the School Board meeting on Tuesday, December 10 at 7:00 PM at Lyman Gilmore in the Multi-Purpose Room.
Thanks for your attention.
Filed under: Uncategorized