Clayton Valley Charter High School (CVCHS) in Concord had plans to increase enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year, but those plans have been placed on hold for at least another year.
CVCHS Executive Director David Linzey says their plan to add portable classrooms in the back of the school where the Clayton Valley Little League baseball fields are located has not been approved by the Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD). The plan would increase enrollment by about 300 students.
“We do not have the approval from the MDUSD to add portable classrooms on our campus. This is very disheartening to say the least, as there are so many deserving students who desire to attend our great high school”, Linzey said.
MDUSD School Board Member Brian Lawrence says he can’t speak for the rest of board, but can say he’s personally committed to working with the charter school.
“At our March 12th meeting the MDUSD Board unanimously approved 4 items regarding the improvement of CVCHS facilities.
The improvement of the athletic facilities has been a long time need and MDUSD and CVCHS staff are working together in a very productive manner. Pat Mittendorf, Director of Operations and Special Ed at CVCHS, was at the March 12th meeting and graciously praised the collaboration.
Regarding the portable classrooms, the charter school director and its attorney met with District staff. District staff raised some practical and legal concerns. The Board has not yet been presented with a comprehensive plan or the design of the relocatable classrooms. The Board would need that before it could even be placed on the agenda for consideration. At this point, no decision or vote has occurred.”
Linzey says CVCHS will move forward with plans to increase enrollment and add additional classrooms for the 2015-2016 school year. “They (the MDUSD) do not control enrollment but do control our ability to add classrooms. Yes we will push forward with our efforts to gain additional classrooms.”