Archer School is not telling parents of its students about the downsides and even dangers of its ambitions expansion project. Josephson vs Archer raises a lot of important points to consider:
- “The carefully controlled public relations campaign trying to mobilize parents and students to support the current (very much diluted) expansion project seems to depend heavily on keeping the Archer community in the dark about the continuous revisions required by the city which removed some of the most attractive features of the original plan).
- “Many believe that if most parents knew and understood the true state of affairs, a simple cost/benefit analysis would result in abandonment of the project.
- “Reading the recent communications of Archer’s administration posted on the Archer Forward website and elsewhere would lead parents to believe that the decision of the planning commission to approve the revised, revision of the Archer forward expansion plan was a complete victory. There is no mention of the fact that before voting the commission imposed a series of additional limitations that will most certainly diminish the benefits and increase the cost and inconvenience of fulfilling the schools ambitions to renovate the campus.
- “Even more important, the administration said nothing of the letter (posted below) sent to the Brentwood Community on April 23 by Councilman Bonin which explicitly states that he will oppose the plan (which is certain death) unless Archer agrees to still more restrictions.“
The site continues: “A growing number of Archer parents are very concerned about their children’s educational and social experience if and when construction on the Archer Forward expansion project begins — and they have very good reason to worry.
- “As the project is continually diluted, the cost and aggravation bound to result from the disruption increases, and fundraising efforts have floundered, one would think that the Board of Trustees would seriously re-think Ms. English’s seeming desire to make this project her legacy.
- “Parents and their children are the primary stakeholders and they should have a dominant voice in deciding whether to proceed and they are entitled to complete information including this letter. We’ve added some comments highlighting the significance of certain statements.”
There’s a lot on that site. Take a look.