Hi Parents: I hope that you will all forgive me for using this email forum to urge you to take action about the middle school. I know that you have all worked hard to ensure a bright future for your children. I have seen most of them grow up over the years as a school volunteer and marveled at their development into great kids. I hope that our collective actions now will allow them to get the great education they deserve. I know that some of you have older children at the middle school and are acutely aware of all the problems we face there. The most obvious problem is the constant delay with construction.
We are sorry to report that the district has officially removed Frazer Thompson from his position as Project Manager at the middle school. This means the completion of the middle school will again be delayed. At the Board meeting we asked you to attend, about 20 parents showed up. This was nowhere near enough support to prompt the district to change course. Unfortunately, if we want the district to listen we need at least 200 people to do so.
Please help get the word out. If you have a child in or heading to middle school you must be a part of the action. This is a 3 year school and the majority of the original parents have moved on. We need a new group of parents to step up now. Who can take the next charge?
(Mod: The following message from Gretchen Vance was posted on the Organize Sierra Madre Schools Facebook page last month.)
Dear Sierra Madre Schools Family,
A new challenge has arisen with the completion of the middle school. Please read the letter from our Measure TT committee representative Gretchen Vance:
PUSD’s newly hired Chief of Facilities, Nelson Cayabyab, is in the process of making decisions that will directly effect the completion date of Sierra Madre Middle School. We believe that he will not be extending the contracts of both the Project Manger (Richard Kent) and Owner Representative (Frazer Thompson) assigned to SMMS, as well as firing the architect (who has done an outstanding job).
It is VITAL that ALL of these people remain in place in order to see our project through to completion. They have all been with us for the duration of the project, know the history and have effectively managed the relationships of all parties involved (contractor, inspectors, DSA, etc.). Because of them, our project remains on time with an expected classroom completion date of mid-June.
PLEASE join me in urging the PUSD School Board to investigate these rash actions by Nelson and stop this nonsense from delaying our project, once again. We need CROWDS of parents and students at the meeting because we have proven that there is power in numbers!
Date: Thursday, April 23
Place: PUSD District Office Board Room #236
351 S. Hudson Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91011
Let’s work together to see our project to completion ON TIME! We are almost there!
Measure TT Oversight Committee Member and Co-Chair
(Mod: Crowds did not show up. And remember, it was only through turnout and protest that the PUSD finally consented to get rid of its packing crate Middle School and replace it with a real one. Oh, and here are a few more pieces of information. New Board of Ed member Patrick Cahalan posted these observations last night on the Pasadena Politics Facebook page.)