Reverse the 4-10-2012 decision to close Lexington and move the children.
  • Petitioned Los Gatos Union School District (LGUSD) Board of Trustees

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Los Gatos Union School District (LGUSD) Board of Trustees

Reverse the 4-10-2012 decision to close Lexington and move the children.

    1. Petition by

      Geri Markey

      Los Gatos, CA

I am a wife and mom of two children. I am a native Santa Clara County resident (since 1970) and have seen the Valley of Hearts Delight slowly change into the world-renown Silicon Valley. Since 1998, I have the privilege to live in Los Gatos where it is an amazing place to live and raise a family.

Our community is beautiful, unique, and global. It is one of the reasons why we attract and welcome many people from all over the world to visit and become part of this great community.

On April 10th, 2012, I attended a regular Los Gatos Union School District Board of Trustees General Meeting. Along with over 300 people in attendance, I wanted to participate in a public discussion of an Agenda Item 5.5 Lexington Update (Discussion/Action): Assistant Superintendent Paulides, accompanied by Mike Kleames from Pacific Crest Engineering and Melinda Lum from HMC Architects, will present the California Geological Survey response letter dated March 27, 2012 for Board discussion and action.

After the updates, presentations and quick break, the Board of Trustees decided to discuss and act upon an item that was not on the agenda because of a mysterious requirement to take action.

The sudden decision essentially closed Lexington Elementary School.

The sudden decision will affect my child, her education, our family, other children and their families, our neighborhood, our entire community, and our property values.

The sudden decision to close Lexington Elementary School; then, move and relocate the children to RJ Fisher Middle School (downtown) was made without any public input/discussion. It was not on the April 10th, 2012 agenda. There were two other motions made that were also not on the agenda with another notable "non-agenda item" to stop all Lexington Construction project expenditures.

Apparently, the deliberate and sudden decision was made privately and contrary to an open and public meeting where everyone is allowed to attend and participate in discussions (reference The Brown Act & School Board Meetings, January 2007).

In the 4 years that I have attended the Board of Trustees Workshops and General Meetings, I have never seen a policeman in any of these meetings until April 10th, 2012.

The Board of Trustees must have known what their decision was prior to scheduled Board Meeting. It concerns me and makes me wonder whether there are other "non-agenda" items being discussed and acted upon privately and not publicly.

The sudden decision will close the doors of a 153 year old elementary school, the heart of the Lexington Hills. Lexington History: http://www.lex.lgusd.k12.ca.us/LexHistory.htm

The sudden decision will bring an end to the special elementary school that has been a center of many children activities and events.

The sudden decision was made without stating that an emergency exists due to a crippling disaster, activity, or dire emergency (reference The Brown Act & School Board Meetings, January 2007).

I would like the LGUSD Board of Trustees to reverse/rescind their April 10th, 2012 sudden decision and the additional vote on April 24th, 2012 to close/move/relocate Lexington's K - 5th to downtown facilities that are substandard and inadequate.

Please continue to keep this special elementary school (19700 Old Santa Cruz Highway, Los Gatos, CA 95033) open for the children and the future children of our community.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 2,000 signatures
    2. 1989 signatures! Two for Two wins for Lexington! We won a major milestone!

      Geri Markey
      Petition Organizer

      Martin Luther King once said, "I refuse to accept the idea that man can not influence the unfolding events that surround him."

      Each person, who signed this petition, made a BIG difference and helped change the direction of the Lexington School Closure. You made a POSITIVE IMPACT for the lives of all children.

      The children of our community will be returning to another great school year at Lexington School, 19700 Old Santa Cruz Highway, Los Gatos, CA 95033.

      Over 200 parents, community members, and public at large attended last night's Board of Trustees Meeting (May 15, 2012).

      After 7 hours of discussions, public comments, and questions , the Board took action and voted to POSTPONE the closure of Lexington and also POSTPONED the move of the children.

      The crowd went WILD!! (cheering and clapping, whohoo-ing and high-fiving).

      Please stay tuned for more news about the future of Lexington School and visit the Friends of Lex website http://www.friendsoflex.org.

    3. Schools of the Future Report - Re-use/Remodel/Re-Envision Older Schools

      Geri Markey
      Petition Organizer

      Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction of the California Department of Education, published the Schools of the Future Report in September 2011.

      Ironically, it encourages school districts to reuse, renovate and redesign existing facilities. It also encourages districts to keep small school sites. This is their new goals for the 21st Century Educational Facilities.

      Also, it sees an increasing popularity of “schools as centers of community” concept.

      Another notable mention in Mr. Torlakson's report: "Secondly, special attention should be given to existing facilities that will need extensive renovation and upgrades for seismic safety".

      Lastly, the report wrapped up with a great statement: "Thus, a future renovation/rehabilitation program that will allow for the transformation of existing school space into 21st century learning environments is vital"

    4. 1932 Signatures! Keep forwarding this petition on!

      Geri Markey
      Petition Organizer

      There is a a kind group of students in San Francisco. They offered to walk around to get people to sign the petition, too! A BIG THANK YOU!

      On May 15th, there is another Board of Trustees meeting scheduled at 5 p.m. at Daves Avenue Elementary School's Cafeteria (17770 Daves Avenue, Monte Sereno, CA).

      In the past 4 years that I have attended the meetings, the Board of Trustees General Meeting time has always been 6:30 p.m. The Board of Trustees Workshops are at 6 p.m.

      I have already called into and emailed the Board of Trustees to express that 5 p.m. does not allow enough time for parents who are affected by critical decisions to attend these meetings. It should be changed back to 6:30 p.m.

      Many parents have to work until 5 p.m. Therefore, these parents will not be able to take time off to be able to make comments or ask questions for items that are not on the agenda during the first part of the agenda: "PUBLIC COMMENT".

      This does not allow fair parent representation!

    5. 1705 Signatures!

      Geri Markey
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you to those 1705 people who signed the petition!

      FACTS

      1. During the school year 2010-2011, Lexington had an increase of enrollment.

      In the past school year (2011-2012), families, who have moved purposely in the neighborhood to have their children attend Lexington, have been turned away by Principal David Freed. He said that there was no room at Lexington.

      However, we have two empty classrooms that have a capacity to fill them with 30 students each.

    6. STEVE WOZNIAK & San Jose City Councilmember SAM LICCARDO signed petition

      Geri Markey
      Petition Organizer

      Your voices are being heard! Please keep them coming! Several high-profile people are taking notice and many have signed the petition.

      Thank you!

    7. We reached 1500 Signatures! Please pass this petition on to 10 people!

      Geri Markey
      Petition Organizer

      Over 1500 people have signed on to tell the Los Gatos Union School District Board of Trustees that they will NOT tolerate closing Lexington.

      Please forward this petition to 10 of your friends and post it on Facebook. We can get 10,000 signatures if everyone emails this petition and also posts it on their Facebook page.

      Thank you for supporting THE PRESENT AND FUTURE CHILDREN of our community!

    8. Reached 1,500 signatures
    9. LGUSD Board of Trustees voted to spend more than $1.6M in interim housing

      Geri Markey
      Petition Organizer

      During the April 10th and 24th LGUSD Board of Trustees meeting, board members requested Superintendent Diana Abbati to present a plan for interim housing the Lexington School children.

      During last night's Board of Trustees meeting, the board members discussed and voted to spend more than $1.5M in interim housing including 6 toilets in portables for 170 students.

      Please remember the interim housing was originally planned for housing the Lexington School children when Lexington School was slated to be renovated/modernized according to what the voters voted on 2 School Construction Bond Measures (Measure B - 2001 & Measure E - 2010).

      LGUSD Board of Trustees voted (an April 10th non-agenda item) to stop all Lexington construction project expenditures. Therefore, this is not interim housing.

      The Superintendent and the Board Members are using the term "interim housing" to be able to use the bond funds from Measure B & Measure E to pay for moving and housing the children.

    10. Presented to LGUSD Board of Trustees the petition with 1363 signatures

      Geri Markey
      Petition Organizer

      I presented 1363 signatures to the LGUSD Board of Trustees and asked that they place it on the next agenda to rescind/reverse the April 10th, 2012 vote to close Lexington and move the children.

      I will follow-up with Superintendent Diana Abbati who is in charge of setting the agenda items.

    11. 1465 Reached!

      Geri Markey
      Petition Organizer

      Keep them coming! You can help keep spreading the word and making our voices heard: stop the Lexington School Closure! We will not tolerate the LGUSD in moving/closing an outstanding California Distinguished School and an International Baccalaureate (IB) School. Please email, tweet, and post this on your Facebook Account with the link. We need to get to 10,000!

    12. Reached 1,000 signatures
    13. San Jose Mercury News Coverage

      Geri Markey
      Petition Organizer

      The San Jose Mercury News covered the story on April 13th, 2012.

    14. War of Words "School Closure (reality)" vs. "Relocation"(LGUSD definition)

      Geri Markey
      Petition Organizer

      The LGUSD denies that what they voted on was not a School Closure. It was a "relocation" to "interim housing". (Please see the LGUSD Superintendent's Blog with the explanation)

      During the same meeting of April 12th, 2012, the Board of Trustees voted to stop all expenditures related to Lexington Construction Project: to rebuild/modernize Lexington as voted on the School Construction Bond Measure E (71.51% voted YES on June 8, 2010).

      My question to the board is how can this be "interim housing" if the Lexington Construction Project has been stopped with a 5-0 vote?

    15. May 1, 12 LGUSD Board of Trustees Mtg. 6 pm Interim Housing Solution

      Geri Markey
      Petition Organizer

      On May 1st, the Los Gatos Union School District Board of Trustees will hold its general meeting at Fisher Middle School's Cafeteria/Multi-purpose room (19195 Fisher Avenue, Los Gatos). The topic is Interim Housing Solution for Lexington Elementary Relocation (see link below for the presentation).

      I plan to present my online petition with the signatures to the Board of Trustees. I will continue to repeat & present this petition at every board meeting until they vote to keep Lexington open and not move the children.

      Many supporters have asked if they could speak during the meeting. The answer is YES. It is a public meeting. It is very simple. You will need to complete a speaker card. You can make comments or questions. However, you are limited to 2 minutes.

      If there are any comments or questions not related to the Interim Housing, you can speak or ask questions during "public comment".

      Please spread the online petition. If you can, please come to the next board meeting.

    16. Reached 500 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • mariela miqueo SANTA CLARA, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Lexington is special for many parents... teachers and 4 students :O(

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    • Peter Starick CAMPBELL, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I grew up in the Santa Cruz Mountains. I attended Loma Prieta Elementry School. It is vital for the Children to go to school in THERE own community/

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    • Monica Williams SALINAS, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      The Brown Act was created so this exact thing will not happen. It is a blatant disregard for the publics right to participate and be considered.

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    • Allart Ligtenberg LOS ALTOS, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      This sudden decision (without input from the community) will close the doors of a 153 year old elementary school, the heart of the Lexington Hills. Closing will cause traffic jams at the other schools. Keeping the Lexington elementary school also makes fiscal sense for the school district.

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    • LIA LIGTENBERG OOSTERHOUT, NETHERLANDS
      • almost 2 years ago

      My cousin's child(ren) are attendending this school. I know that it was an important part of their happiness in buying a house and live in this neigbourhood. A small school, small size, but with good education and nice teachers. As a center of meeting together, to communicate and make friends. Let start all over again, try to understand eachother, see what is possible to keep the school open!

      Share your ideas, multiply happiness. Work together!

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