Board approves budget, ends Edison's role in 2 schools
Edison supporters packed tonight's school board meeting (I had to negotiate with a school police officer to even get into the room because it was over capacity), but to no avail. The board voted 8-1 to approve Dr. Alonso's budget, which included ending Edison's management of Furman L. Templeton and Gilmor elementary schools. Edison will stay on at Montebello under a new contract to be negotiated. George VanHook was the board member who voted no.
The board also followed Alonso's recommendation and gave MATHS a two-year contract extension.
Public comment was quite lively, though shorter than it could have been if not for a new board regulation permitting only one speaker on any given topic. PCAB representatives urged the board to delay its vote on the budget, saying insufficient details had been made public and they hadn't seen an analysis of the first year of Fair Student Funding. Kids from Gilmor urged the board to "please, please, please" keep the company on. The activist Grandma Edna accused the school system of setting its children up for incarceration and murder in railing about her 10-year-old granddaughter allegedly being dragged into a school bathroom by three boys. She said she is seeking federal protection for her family and fears they could be the next Dawsons. And the mother of a boy at Carver Vo-Tech took Brian Morris to task when he tried interrupting her as she demanded private science tutoring for her son, charging that the school is incapable of providing him with a decent science class. She recalled her own experience as a student at Dunbar High years ago being passed on from one math class to another despite not learning anything.
In personnel moves: Lea Smith (Bill Ferguson's fiancee) was named assistant to interim chief of staff Tisha Edwards.