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Posted on October 24 at 12:04 p.m.
Dear Santa Barbara Independent,
Thank you for the opportunity to comment on all stories, but particularly those that involve and impact Santa Barbara Charter School. We are frankly horrified that this racism discussion and personal attacks are in any way associated with our school. The fact is that while we disagree with parts of the “Staff Report” and “Staff Recommendation” submitted to the Board agenda on October 22, we have nothing but respect and appreciation for all of the SB School Board members – ALL BOARD MEMBERS. We are pleased and excited with the receptivity that the Board and the District have shown to reach common ground for this renewal process.
The fact is that we absolutely share the goal that the district has voiced that our school demographics more closely match those of the District. We feel confident that we can arrive at a process to reach that goal. We simply want the Santa Barbara Charter School to be a welcoming place for all students and families who choose to use it. We don’t think that our District or the Board wants anything different.
The roles of charter schools and their sponsoring districts call for this type monitoring and negotiation. We highly prize our little school that has survived and thrived despite many obstacles. We hope that the community can remember that it is because our District and our school have had a positive and collaborative relationship through the years that this is so. We both cherish and want to sustain that relationship.
Thanks for Listening,
Dave Weisman – Director of OperationsSanta Barbara Charter School
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