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July 29, 2009 > Community Day school relocation

Community Day school relocation

By Dustin Findley

At the July 14, 2009 Milpitas Unified School District (MUSD) board meeting,
Assistant Superintendent Michelle Dimas presented information about the steps necessary to relocate Milpitas Community Day School.

MUSD closed the Community Day location on the hill, across from Ed Levin Park.
"We've done considerable research to determine what we can offer to our students to continue to" provide education to community day students Dimas said.

The option staff feels is the most appropriate is to continue the Community Day program at Samuel Ayer school site, near Calaveras Hills High (Cal Hills), narrowing the grade levels to 8, 9, and 10.

The catch is that the district cannot, under Education Code, because of the size of our district, locate a community day school on the same campus as a continuation high school.

So the school district must apply for a waiver from the state department to remove the limitations.

The district plans to begin the program on August 24, and receive the waiver retroactively. "It is a common practice to ask for a retroactive waiver" said Dimas.
Representatives from the state told MUSD staff that the chances for very good to get the waiver.

There will be a public hearing at the August board meeting for this issue.

MUSD has notified the state department that they won't have the waiver will class begins, and they said that's fine, Dimas explained.

Plans to create a separate campus with a separate entry, separated via a fence across the corrider. with staggered start and end times. Community Day students will enter later than Cal Hills students, and will be there longer.

The advantage to running the Community Day program later is the availability of Cal Hills facilities after Cal Hills has been vacated, such as the library.

The rules will be that Community Day students will be not be allowed on the Cal Hills campus and vice versa.

Board Clerk William Foulk said "Closing down the Community Day School up on the hill was a money-saving move.

Now we're proposing to keep community school but at a different location...
Doesn't it save us even more because by sending them outside the district to a county program, doesn't that cost us?...
So by keeping them on our existing building are we actually getting a net savings?" Dimas said yes.

Superintendent Karl Black said that on the off chance that the state department does not approve the waiver, they would give the school district a grace period. Foulk requested a tour of the installed gate.

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