I was at the meeting last night where Doug Smith and Tammy Logan of LASD spoke with Peter Evans and Francis LaPoll from BCS. Mayor Gary Waldeck facilitated.
Public comments centered primarily around how bad traffic is at Egan this year, how it is unsafe, and how BCS is not honoring the FUA.
LASD objective: Address community concerns in a way that allows us to pass a bond to solve facilities issues.
- Serve any district child who wishes to attend BCS with no caps or grade level restrictions.
- Interim solutions with assurances regarding their project list.
- Stable, reasonably equivalent facilities.
I think the biggest disconnect is that BCS does not want to acknowledge the serious concerns that the community has with how they run their program. Doug and Tammy kept pointing out that it was critical that any plan they come up with has to be bought into by the community. But then you have Francis saying CEQA isn't an impediment and LASD is just using it as an excuse.
Here's the crux: just because SCCOE is both too liberal with charter law and too weak and scared to seriously push back on BCS' operations doesn't mean the community is bought in. There are still serious issues around admissions and push outs, serving ELL and special needs students, and fundraising just to name a few. To answer Grace Yang's question about why there is demand for BCS: Because for a lot of parents think $5000/year for what is essentially a private school education is a deal.
BCS can continue to ignore these issues, but they certainly won't get a bond passed by doing so. And if no bond is passed, then I suspect the facilities to house increased growth at BCS will come on a third site in the district.