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Natural Bridges Elementary School Rented Out to Pacific Collegiate Charter School

On February 25, the Santa Cruz City School Board approved plans to rent out Natural Bridges elementary school to Pacific Collegiate Charter School. This decision came only a month after the board voted to close both Natural Bridges and Branciforte elementary schools.

Parents, students, and other concerned people packed a room on Wednesday night (Feb. 25) to speak out against the plan to rent out Natural Bridges. Speakers were only given 3 minutes each before being cut off at the mic in mid sentence. Pacific Collegiate Charter School has been criticized as being an elitist school that caters to the white and affluent.

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Natural Bridges School Rented Out as Soquel Plans to Close Schools

On Wednesday Feb 25th the Santa Cruz City schoolboard approved plans to rent Natural Bridges elementary school to Pacific Collegiate Charter school www.pacificcollegiate.com/index.html only a month after the board voted to close Natural bridges and Branciforte schools. Parents, students, and the public spoke in a packed room on wednesday night against the plan in heartfelt, angry and tearfull pleas not to take away their school, speakers were only given 3mins per speaker were cut off at the mic in mid sentence. Pacific Collegiate has been criticized as being an elitist school that caters to the white and affluent.

The School district says they will make $200.00 per year for the rental. The same night Soquel Union Elementary school district may be closing one or more of its schools due to $333,000 shortfall. Schools all around the country are beeing closed down for "budget reasons" Is this the begining of the end of the empire? we'll see.

This Tuesday March 2nd between 10am -12noon we hope to shed more light on this situation on Free Radio Santa Cruz 96.3fm 101fm www.freakradio.org We'll have some parents and possibly kids on to talk about these school closures and how it effects them.
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Re: Natural Bridges Elementary School Rented Out to Pacific Collegiate Charter School

Well, let's see. Don't you think calling a school "elitist" that caters to "whites and the affluent" to be just a teeny bit racist and classist? If someone said a school catered to the "black and poor", would that not be racist and classist? Don't you think your kettle is pretty black by now, Mr.Pot?
 

Re: Natural Bridges Elementary School Rented Out to Pacific Collegiate Charter School

I am appalled at the board members and Alan Pagano for not coming up with a plan to help their district, instead turning away parents like the 3 I heard today. You Moms should be proud. Run for the board! Thank you again for the information.
 

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