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Oxford Prep Expansion Plan Bashed by CUSD Staff

The charter school wants more students, but district officials say the proposal is flawed.

A charter school wants to grow, but Capo Unified staffers oppose the idea, saying the campus has failed to explain how it would pay for the expansion.

, the charter school sharing a campus with , wants to expand its enrollment by about 150 students. It also wants to change how often its board meets and what its board members are called.

But Capistrano Unified School District staffers don't think Oxford leaders have explained how their school can accommodate the new students. And they say the board changes might reduce parental involvement and create conflicts of interest.

The report also notes the district would lose tax revenue. Expanding the school would "result in a loss of enrollment from additional students leaving District schools to attend Oxford Preparatory Academy," it said. (School districts receive money for each enrolled student.)

The school's requests "do not provide information explaining how ... a larger program could operate in the same way as the existing program without changes to other aspects of operation (i.e. personnel and finance)," the district report says.

The report also criticizes Oxford for not including a revised budget for the district's consideration.

Also, says the staff report, the five months Oxford has been in place have "not been without significant incidents." In that time, more than 100 Barcelona parents . Also, the district to resolve problems between the two schools.

Staff writer Penny Arévalo helped with this report.

shelly January 24, 2012 at 05:48 AM
Allpro Dad, Why does the district need a villian? Sounds a bit paranoid. Charter schools have co-existed with other schools peacefully in this district and a charter school moved into a closed campus. And to everyone why all the blame on the district for the way parents have chosen to behave to one another. People make a choice to be rude to one another. No one can force you. You make a choice.
Capo Parent January 24, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Shelly You're right, API does not tell the whole story, yet CUSD sure likes to brag about high API scores when it is in its best interest to do so. My comments about schools closing is based on primarily on the declining enrollment CUSD is facing district wide, the low enrollment at several schools, and CUSD's need to cut roughly $27 million even if the tax cuts are passed. As I understand the facts, BH has asked for 6 classrooms next year. Assuming 32 students a class, this will come out to 192 students, In addition to 6 teachers there will be adminstration staff and a principal. The cost will be (based on what I have been told, but have not verified) approximately $ 1 million dollars. Leaving aside emotions, attending neighborhood schools, etc., keeping schools open with enrollments of roughly 200 students makes no economic sense. Unfortunately, CUSD is refusing to make the necessary, but tough decisions to close schools. This is worsening an already dire financial situation.
Capo Parent January 24, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Shelly CUSD needs a villian because that's its MO. It is pretty sad that CUSD is paying up to $20,000 for a person outside of CUSD to try and solve a problem CUSD created, but evidently cannot resolve.
V. Duvall January 25, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Capo Parent, FYI Mercedes Benz vehicles start at $30,000. for the lower end NEW cars and go up from there. Most New Ford, Four Wheel Drive SUV's start closer to $40,000. Everyone and his brother drives one of those. Have you ever noticed that most of the kids at the High Schools drive better cars than the staff? My Dodge cost almost $40K with all the bells and whistles. WHO CARES what anyone drives? It never ceases to amaze me when people start whining about who has what and I don't. That's so off point. Jeez....
SARA January 26, 2012 at 07:10 AM
Did you know that OPA has had more than it's fair share of parents who came to OPA because of the promises made and who have since left because of all the promises broken? My children who currently attend OPA have had a number of their class mates leave and return to their former schools. When i question the parents, they say they are very disappointed in what OPA has delivered versus what was promised and they lost faith. Does OPA disclose this? No, it doesn't. They have lost many kids of high caliber and this blaring deficiency is a well-kept secret.

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