Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Information Concerning SRHS 14 and SRHS 15

I had a short chat with a member of the L.A.U.S.D. Board of Education and I learned some things that I had not known until our little conversation ended.

First, South Region High School #14, with its "preferred" site continuing to be on the Ponte Vista property and South Region High School #15, with its "preferred" site being on L.A.U.S.D. land on the old former upper reservation of Fort MacArthur MAY be built sometime in the distant future.

Currently there is funding to build schools to ease over crowding of "year round" schools". According to the board member, it will probably take another approval of a school bond measure to get the funds to build both SRHS 14 and SRHS 15.

Right now, there simply no money available to go forward with either school, according to the board member.

This was of some news to me because I felt we were all made to believe that the facilities division of L.A.U.S.D. already had the money for these two schools set aside from a prior school bond measure.

Also, according to the school board member, it will be quite some time before any new "preferred" site for SRHS 14 is looked into.

So now it seems to me that both SRHS 14 and SRHS 15 should be kept in the back of our minds, but there are many other issues in OUR community that need to be considered well before we need to revisit the two new proposed high schools.

The Daily Breeze editorialized today that they feel a new high school to serve the students in Lomita merits more discussion. Whether that is truly what should happen suggests to me that if folks living in Lomita want to bring a high school into their city, perhaps they should form a education committee or commission to explore all avenues. I don't feel it should be up to the City Council to deal with L.A.U.S.D. and where to place a new school.

Interested residents of Lomita should come together to deal with school issues and let the City Council govern the City of Lomita. It would be quite correct that if individual members of the City Council wish to participate in an education committee or commission, they should do so, just like any other resident of Lomita.

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