A group of Echo Park parents spent the night outside the school district’s downtown headquarters to make sure they will be present on Tuesday afternoon when the school board decides who will manage a new Echo Park school and other district campuses. The Echo Park residents (pictured) were among the 75 others who were holding a place in line that stretched from Beaudry Avenue around the corner to Fourth Street, said Julie Van Winkle, who left around midnight.
The Board of Education is scheduled to select the applicants seeking to manage Central Region Elementary School No. 14 as well a dozen other campuses, including new high schools East Los Angeles and Glassell Park.
The school board’s meeting room is expected to be overflowing with visitors, and only 13 members of the general public will be allowed to speak. That’s why members of the Echo Park Moms and Dad Group for Education showed up last night to claim the second and third speaking spots, said Van Winke. The group favors Local District 4 / Echo Park Community Partners, which is headed by school district administrators and backed by the teachers’ union. The team is competing against Camino Nuevo Charter Academy, a charter school operator. Last week, school district Supt. Ramon Cortines recommended the Local District 4 team but the school board can make its own decision.
The group has a long day of them. The meeting is not scheduled to begin until 1 p.m., with the board expected to listen to the speakers for about two hours before taking a vote.
Photo by Judy Van Winkle