Plaza parents object to planned changes

first_imgThe district announced in February that it wanted to redraw attendance boundaries to balance enrollment among campuses. Some schools, such as Golden Poppy, are jam-packed with children, while classrooms sit empty at Juniper Intermediate and Yucca schools, where student populations have been declining. Learning Plaza Principal Todd Cherland said parents reacted with “general panic” to the proposal, which would affect 2,400 students, including about 900 at Plaza. “People love this school. We have very active parents,” Cherland said. “We truly, truly cater to our clients, and our clients are our students and parents. They feel they have a voice at the Plaza.” Lackey noted that Plaza parents strongly supported the district’s $25 million construction bond that narrowly passed in November 2001. Part of the money was used to build the $22 million school. Dismantling the school, he said, would “diminish the confidence of the public in being able to trust officials to carry out promises.” The last time the district made wholesale changes to attendance zones was in 2002-03, when it switched from year-round to a traditional calendar. District officials intended to revise the boundaries two years ago, when three schools opened, but delayed the changes when enrollment leveled off. Golden Poppy, a K-8 campus, opened in 2004 near 60th Street East and Avenue R. It has more than 900 students, about 200 more than expected, because of housing development nearby. New students in seventh and eighth grades are being sent to Shadow Hills Intermediate about a mile away. At Juniper Intermediate, enrollment has shrunk for two straight years. The district had expected more than 1,000 students this year, but just 900 enrolled. Yucca School has 750 students, compared with projections of 900. [email protected] (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I think it’s close to outrageous,” said parent Tom Lackey, a Palmdale City Council member and former school board member. “The history of the Plaza goes way back, and we waited a long time as parents to have our site built, and now we get the site and they are talking about taking it away and dismantling the school altogether,” Lackey said. “That is really heartbreaking to most of us.” The board directed staffers to come back with more alternatives at a May1 meeting. A public hearing will be held after that to find out what parents think. Any changes, if approved, would take effect next school year. “It’s a very large change for the school and its identity,” said interim Superintendent Roger Gallizzi. “It’s certainly not a reflection on the program itself. It’s an issue of having enough facilities on the west side.” PALMDALE – Many parents involved in a kindergarten-through-eighth-grade school that emphasizes college prep and the arts are objecting to plans to turn the school into another neighborhood facility. Palmdale Learning Plaza opened in September 2005, offering a program that ties into the academically rigorous International Baccalaureate program at local high schools. It also has a strong emphasis on the performing arts. But now Palmdale School District officials are talking about turning the school at Division Street and Rayburn Road into a kindergarten-through-sixth-grade neighborhood school because of enrollment imbalance in the district. During a Palmdale school board meeting Tuesday night, about 40 parents showed up to protest a committee recommendation for the conversion as part of a districtwide realignment of attendance boundaries. last_img read more

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Donegal criminal gets Royal squeal of disapproval from fellow prisoners

first_imgA notorious criminal who went on a crime spree in Donegal has sparked fury amongst other prisoners at Castlerea Prison by singing ‘God Save The Queen.’Gary Brodie has been in prison after being extradited from Scotland toface a string of charges committed in Donegal in 2007 and 2008.He fled here while out on bail claiming the IRA were trying to kill him. Brodie, aged 33, claims his father, who disappeared 23 years ago, was murdered by the IRA.Brodie, who has many relations in Donegal, was hauled back to Ireland on a European arrest warrant in September and has been in Castlerea Prison since.However, Brodie, a huge Glasgow Rangers fan, has outraged other prisoners with his singing and taunts.A source said “He is driving some of the other prisoners nuts. Hekeeps singing God Save The Queen and other songs. “He is winding them all up and some of them are getting really annoyed by it.”He even asked prison officials if he could wear a Rangers top if hewas sent one.But Brazen Brodie’s boasts may now have backfired on him after he wasjailed for three years at Letterkenny Circuit Court this week.He was caged by Judge John Aylmer on a number of charges includingrobbery, criminal damage and assault.One of the charges involved Brodie attacking another man in aLetterkenny Nightclub when he smashed the bottle over his head andthen stabbed him with it. On another occasion Brodie and two other men attacked a man whom theyhad just met in the Ramada Hotel in Letterkenny.The man had mentioned it had recently come into some money and Brodieand the others jumped on him, robbed him of jewelry and more than£2,000 in sterling and assaulted him.None of Brodie’s victims who were invited to come to court appeared tomake victim impact statements.Former cocaine addict Brodie had to be surrounded by four prisonofficers who escorted him from Castlerea Prison after he spat at adetective who had given evidence against him. His barrister Peter Nolan said his client was a “stranger in a strangeland’ because of his religious background, the fact that he was notIrish and he supported a different football team.He said his client wanted to be close to his family back in Scotlandand would like to serve out his prison by seeking to get extraditedback to Scotland.Judge Aylmer sentenced him to a total of three years in prison butbackdated it to June when Brodie was taken into custody in Scotland.Donegal criminal gets Royal squeal of disapproval from fellow prisoners was last modified: December 20th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Castlerea PrisoncrimedonegalGary BrodieGod Save The Queenjaillast_img read more

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