2,147 PETITION SIGNERS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD: http://bit.ly/nohoheroes
We strongly oppose the addition of VIP charter school to the campus of North Hollywood High School. LAUSD offering this campus for co-location is unrealistic, short-sighted, and wasteful of public funds.
NOT ENOUGH ROOMNHHS facilities, which have already been determined outdated and unsafe enough to necessitate a $200+ million construction modernization project, do NOT have appropriate space for 330+ additional students. This would cause innumerable problems with safety, security, traffic, cleanliness, instruction, and much more. Many tiny classrooms were built 100 years ago when classes had 25 students, not 40. Many rooms cannot even fit 40 desks and chairs, so they are used for other purposes.
ESSENTIAL PROGRAMS, NOT “AVAILABLE” SPACESTo give up 14 classrooms to a charter, North Hollywood would need to eliminate or reduce spaces and programs that are at the heart of our students' success, such as: College and Careers Center, computer labs, Parent Center, music room, weight room, workshops needed by Robotics teams, Student Government, Science Olympiad, Cyber Patriots, and other award-winning extracurricular programs.
SHORTSIGHTED PLANBecause major construction is scheduled to begin at NHHS in 2 years, this charter co-location offer is limited to 1 year, even though the charter application was for 5 years. This causes unnecessary chaos for both North Hollywood HS and the charter, which would need to move again to another co-location campus. Why not choose a long-term campus now?
WASTE OF TAXPAYER FUNDSEvery new charter co-location requires construction work to create separate entrances, offices, technology, infrastructure, possibly disabled access, paid for with school bond funds. At schools slated for major construction, these adjustments would be demolished in 1-2 years and the charter would be re-located to another campus, where construction would again be required. Why would LAUSD waste limited school bond funds this way?
Please join us in challenging this co-location proposal.
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