June 10, 2010 | Ron McNicoll
The Alameda County Board of Education is scheduled to vote June 22 on an application for a charter high school in Dublin.
The board meets at 313 W. Winton Ave., Hayward. Exact time for the morning meeting has not been set.
The Tri-Valley Learning Corp. was denied permission on a unanimous vote of the Dublin School Board earlier this year to start the Tassajara Prep School.
State law requires approval for the charter school from the local public school district. However, the local district’s decision can be overruled by an appeal to the county school board. That decision, in turn, can be appealed to the state board of education.
The applicants want to open the school in 2012 with 200 students as freshmen, then add a class of 200 each year until it is a four-year high school.
Tri-Valley Learning Corp. is comprised of Dublin residents who want the school, along with Livermore residents who have been successful in establishing the Livermore Valley charter elementary and high schools.
John Zukoski, a Dublin resident working for the proposal, said that the Livermore group has been very helpful with advice about procedures.
SMALL SCHOOL ATMOSPHERE SOUGHT
Parents behind the Tassajara Prep drive want a publicly financed school that reproduces the atmosphere of a college prep school, said Zukoski. Having a school with a maximum enrollment of 864 is important for the prep school, he declared.
Zukoski said that Dublin High school provides a good education. The new group is not critical of the school.
However, Zukoski added that people move to Pleasanton, Danville and San Ramon for the high schools. Some areas of Dublin also attract home-buyers because of their local elementary schools. If Tassajara Prep were approved, it would also be a magnet for people seeking an academically high-performing high school, said Zukoski.
Tassajara Prep would go beyond what Dublin High is already providing with standards for college entrance, said Zukoski.
“We want a high caliber education for top universities, such as Stanford and MIT,” explained Zukoski. The question of geography also has arisen. East Dublin is developing. While it has elementary and middle schools, there is no high school.
Zukoski said that location is less important, and its up to the district to offer an appropriate facility by law. But putting a campus in east Dublin would help residents there.
The charter school also would provide students a choice of different class offerings, as other Tri-Valley cities have with their two comprehensive high schools, said Zukoski.
As for financing, the charter school would receive its money directly from the state, not through the Dublin school district, said Zukoski. There also would be some federal and state grants. “The federal and state governments love charter schools,” said Zukoski.
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