Monday, April 27, 2009

Community Mobilizes to Make O'Neill Elementary a Charter School

O'Neill Elementary School is slated for closure and concerned community members are beginning to get organized.

From the OC Register:
A group of parents seeking to prevent the permanent closure of O'Neill Elementary School this June is making one last effort to keep the beloved, 41-year-old campus open – imploring school officials to turn it into a charter school.

Saddleback Valley Unified School District trustees listened to nearly an hour of testimony Tuesday from parents and community members who urged the school board to reopen the Mission Viejo campus as an independent educational facility, free from many of the rules and funding constraints that limit traditional public schools.

"I know these are tough economic times, but brain power has to be kicked in," said Mission Viejo parent Bill Brennan, whose two kids went through O'Neill. "Do something good with this school. It's a great asset for the school district."

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