I am not one to send letters and e-mails, but after hearing Pleasant Valley School District trustee Sandra Berg’s comments on how the charter will adversely affect the school district, I felt compelled to write.
She said the Los Senderos program was being moved to Rancho Rosal, and the more Los Senderos students that enrolled, the more intact the open program would remain. How convenient that she has completely forgotten the middle-schoolers who do not have that option.
The district allowed Santa Rosa’s middle school to continue and grow, and it allowed Los Primeros to continue, but the 100-plus middle-schoolers from Los Senderos have been basically told and shown that they don’t matter.
I have been to Monte Vista to inquire on what electives are available for my child, if they will have a locker and if there will be an orientation. I was told their electives were very limited because the students who chose to go there have already picked their electives for next year and there were limited selections left: office aide, art, full year of Spanish, teacher assistant, maybe yearbook and/or technology.
I am not pleased that my child — and my tax dollars — will be used to take messages and direct inquiries at school. Frankly, this is pure favoritism. Has the district and staff once again moved too quickly and not thoroughly thought through how these displaced students will be treated or how they feel?
How dare this school district do this to a group of high achievers — and their test scores prove they are. The district needs to step up and make this process as easy and comfortable for this group of middle-schoolers as it has for all the other alternative school middle-schoolers. What is good for one group must be good for the other.
— Lori Miller, Camarillo