Charter school petitions withdrawn for now

April 16 public forum cancelled
By: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Staff Writer
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Loomis Union School District administrators withdrew their petitions for two charter schools for the 2009-2010 school year. The administrators said more time was needed to implement the programs and will continue to explore their options with parents and teachers. The public hearing slated for April 16 has also been cancelled. Loomis Grammar School principal Rick Judd and Franklin Elementary School principal Shawn Shaw sent e-mails and phone messages to the homes of school families informing them of the decision. Both principals cited the need for more time and parent involvement. The principals informed parents that, after spring break, they will be forming parent/teacher task forces for each school to look at issues and explore solutions and different options. Judd stated in his e-mail, “After speaking to many of you and reviewing the survey it is apparent that IB (International Baccalaureate) is a program we would like to see here; it is also apparent that we need more time to consider and plan such a venture.” Shaw’s e-mail stated, “It is clear, from your comments, that you would like additional time to better understand our challenges and consider more options.” Paul Johnson, district superintendent, informed parents in an e-mail that the parent/teacher task forces would explore the issues of “declining enrollment, budget reductions, academics/instruction, school climate” and brainstorm solutions.