On Wednesday, the Antioch Unified School District will hold two public hearings by the East Bay Tech Academy to open both a middle School and a high school in the City of Antioch.
In both cases, the East Bay Tech Academy are seeking a five-year term commencing July 1, 2019. As part of the charter petition process, the Education Code requires that a public hearing be held within 30 days from the Board’s receipt so that the Board may consider the level of support for the petition by teachers and other employees of the District and parents.
The public hearing is an information item only and the determination of whether the Board will approve or deny the charter petition will be agendized for action at the May 9, 2018, meeting unless that decision date is extended by mutual agreement of the parties.
The lead petitioner is Megan Moilanen from Clayton Valley Charter High School in Concord. The co-lead petitioner is Bill Morones, former Superintendent at Gustine Unified School District. Current Clayton Valley Charter High School Executive Director David Linzey is listed as a ‘Senior Advisor’ in the proposal.
On Monday, the Antioch Chamber of Commerce issued a statement saying they support the request by the East Bay tech Academy:
The East Bay Tech Academy has officially submitted a request to the Antioch Unified School District for a public charter Middle and High School. The Antioch Chamber of Commerce understands that Charters can be adopted at the District, County or State level.
The Chamber endorses and supports the adoption of this East Bay Tech Academy charter at the AUSD School District level to ensure local oversight and funding at the district level. The business community respects our current teachers, students and administrators in AUSD and we continue to support AUSD efforts for continuing dramatic academic improvement within the existing AUSD schools such as the existing pathway academies.
The Antioch Chamber of Commerce continues to build and support the current wide range of efforts to generate high academic achievement and critical skills that result in employable graduates who can pursue the goals for their futures.
The Antioch Chamber of Commerce also supports individual choices in all aspects of our community, including education choices.
According to Richard Pagano, CEO of the Chamber, the Chamber’s Government Affairs committee provided background and insight to the Chamber’s Board of Directors. The Government Affairs committee consists of Chamber CEO Richard Pagano, Terry Ramus and Matthew Hart.
“It was the decision of the Chamber’s Board of Directors to support the adoption of the East Bay Tech Academy,” said Pagano.
The Board of Directors include:
- Jennifer Victor – Board Chair (Travis Credit Union)
- Donna McGee – Chair Elect (Kaiser Permanente)
- Clifton Mbanugo – Director (Clifton Creative Web)
- Julie Neward – Director (Somersville Towne Center)
- Ana Cosovic – Director (Service Pros Plumbers)
- Terry Ramus – Director (Diablo Analytical, Inc)
- Rodney Lal – Director (Prime Vintage Realty)
- Jennifer Grant – Director (Markstein Sales Company)
- Brian Ballante – Director (Auto Diagnostic and Repair)
- Rich McDaniel – Director (McDaniel Financial Services)
- Viera Knowles – Director (Dow)
- Susie Martinez – Director (PG&E)
- Mike McGill – Director (McGill & Associates)
Pagano added while the Chamber did vote to support the Charter Schools petition, he did say not all members were present to vote. He did not provide the actual vote tally of who voted and who was present.
For those interested, the March 14 public hearing is held at Antioch Unified School District Office Board Room, 510 G Street, Antioch. It will start at 7 p.m.