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Chino Valley Unified says no to new Oxford Preparatory Academy charter school

By in Press Enterprise on November 3, 2017

By Beau Yarbrough

The Chino Valley Unified school board has rejected a new Oxford Preparatory Academy charter school.

The new K-8 school, Oxford Rise, was proposed this fall after the charter school chain’s flagship Chino school shut down in July.

Thursday night, the school board rejected the Oxford Rise proposal by a vote of 4-1, following the advice of Chino Valley Unified staff, with board member James Na casting the dissenting vote.

Board votes 4-1 to deny @OxfordRise, James Na dissenting.

— Beau Yarbrough ⌚️🐶 (@LBY3) November 3, 2017

The 77-page staff report, which was included with the meeting’s agenda packet, criticizes the proposal for having an “unrealistic financial and operational plan,” based on the review of La Verne certified public accountant Paul S. Horvat; a lack of support by anyone other than former Oxford parents at the school board’s Oct. 5 public hearing on the charter proposal; too many similarities to the shuttered Oxford Preparatory Academy’s Chino campus; and too many ties to ousted Oxford founder Sue Roche.

Former Oxford Preparatory employees are expressing outrage at Chino Valley staff report describing them as “loyal followers” of Sue Roche.

— Beau Yarbrough ⌚️🐶 (@LBY3) November 3, 2017

“One of the nine former OPA-Chino parents that addressed the CVUSD Board of Education in support of the OPA Rise charter petition during the Oct. 5, 2017 public hearing stated the only difference between the OPA Rise charter petition and the closed OPA-Chino charter school is the color yellow,” the staff report reads in part.

OPA Chino shut down this summer

Oxford Preparatory’s Chino Valley campus closed at the end of July after 17 months of turmoil.

In March 2016, Chino Valley Unified officials said they were concerned about Roche. Previously a well-regarded Chino Valley Unified principal, state Fiscal Crisis & […]    

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