K-8 school wins out in Wilmington

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“As much as I’m interested in looking out for the community, I’m more interested in making sure Wilmington has a school,” trustee Yolie Flores Aguilar said. Vladovic and President Monica Garcia said they favored reducing the scope of the project to help save a bank and Latino market at the site. After the vote was taken, Vladovic said the board ignored community protests. “This is another example of bureaucracy winning out over community,” he said. In October, a board majority gave Vladovic a two-month window to get more community input on the controversial project. The district hosted two subsequent meetings. Vladovic was asking the district’s Bond Oversight Committee, which oversees LAUSD’s $20billion building program, to further research the change. Connie Rice, the committee’s chairwoman, said overturning the current plan would threaten “the integrity of the school construction program.” In July 2006, the district approved a 1,278-seat school for a commercial block at Avalon Boulevard and L Street. Building the school would return the 1,385-student Gulf Avenue Elementary to a traditional calendar from a year-round schedule. It would also relieve crowding at Fries Avenue and Hawaiian Avenue elementary schools, as well as Wilmington Middle School. The district spent $4.3 million on the project and hosted 20 community meetings. [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In a rare override, the Los Angeles school board on Tuesday rejected board member Richard Vladovic’s attempt to reduce the size of a planned K-8 Wilmington school. Board members said Vladovic’s plan – which would instead erect an elementary school on the site – would imperil $37 million in matching state funds and fail to relieve crowding at Wilmington Middle School. Altering the plan would also cause a two-year delay, pushing the opening of the school to the fall of 2014. After a two-hour discussion, the board voted 5-2 in favor of the K-8 span school. last_img

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