Wednesday Jan 20 2010
John Adams Academy's fate is in hands of Loomis Union lawyers
By: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Staff Writer
The future of John Adams Academy is now in the hands of attorneys for the Loomis Union School District. Paul Johnson, district superintendent, said attorneys for the district are currently reviewing the application. He said their analysis will be presented at the Feb. 4 school board meeting, when trustees are expected to vote. He said the legal fees will be reimbursed by the state. Both those for and against the proposed charter school spoke out at a public hearing, held Thursday, Jan. 14. Kristin Wells and her husband, Mike, have children in the Loomis district. They voiced opposition to the charter school. Kristin expressed concern that the district was “losing focus,” and spreading itself too thin, especially with the elimination of the assistant superintendent of curriculum position. She said the district was “taking more on, scalping students from other districts” and asked, “What is the benefit to our students?” Dean Forman, of Roseville, who is the academy’s founder and executive director, said his school would provide an educational option to an “under-served population – the home schooled.” He said the academy would “provide a choice,” an education rooted in the classics and mentors from the community. Approximately 50 people attended the meeting to show their support for the proposed charter school, including Loomis businessman and resident Joe Scharrer. Scharrer said he is a rocket scientist and has a hard time finding U.S. citizens to fill positions in his company. “Our students can’t compete globally,” he said. Scharrer said the academy offers “a curriculum focused on critical thinking and analysis. No matter what you do, you’ll be successful.” Forman and Mark Uhler, of Granite Bay, initially presented their charter application to the Loomis district at the December school board meeting. The academy is expected to be located in the vicinity of Highway 65 and Sunset Boulevard between Rocklin and Roseville, but came to the Loomis district to present their charter proposal. Forman said the new school would begin with grades seven to 10 and eventually be a kindergarten through 12th-grade school. He said the grammar school portion may be “independent, non-classroom learning.” Forman said they chose the proposed site because it is centrally located for South Placer County and would be able to draw mentors from the Sun City residents. Forman is a financial planner, served as a trustee for the Roseville Joint Union School District, and is board president for CORE Placer Charter School, a home school program. The February school board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at Loomis Basin Charter School.