After careful deliberation, research, and reaching out to the parties involved, the Representative Council of LTA has decided to take positions on two local issues that have/could have serious consequences for the students, teachers, schools and community of Lennox.
First, on a petition to transfer approximately 4 blocks of territory from the enrollment area of the Lawndale Elementary School District to the Wiseburn Unified School District:
Be it hereby resolved that the Lennox Teachers Association, proudly representing the teachers of the Lennox School District, does oppose the petition to transfer territory from the Lawndale Elementary School District (LESD) to the Wiseburn Unified School District (WUSD). We believe that this transfer of territory would be detrimental to the students, teachers and community of Lawndale, as well as to the students, teachers and communities of Hawthorne and Lennox, who – like Lawndale – send the majority of our middle school graduates to the Centinela Valley Unified School District (CVUSD).
The loss of territory would have a negative impact on the LESD and its ability to provide the best-possible educational program to its students. It could also lead to the layoff of a number of highly-qualified Lawndale teachers and require the creation of additional combination classes where students from multiple grade-levels are squeezed together into the same classroom due to a lack of teachers. Similarly, the high schools of the CVUSD could be forced to layoff teachers, reduce course offerings and limit the educational opportunities of the Lawndale, Hawthorne and Lennox students enrolled there.
The current “choice” agreement between the LESD and the WUSD allows students living in the territory in question to attend school in either district and has served the communities in question well for over 20 years. The LESD has publicly reiterated its commitment to this agreement and so has the WUSD. There is no need to change the boundaries of either school district, thereby increasing the size of the WUSD and reducing the choices available to the families in the neighborhood, half of whom currently choose to attend schools in the LESD. Beyond the negative impact on many residents of the “choice” blocks and the rest of Lawndale, the deleterious effects of transferring territory from the LESD to the WUSD would ripple across Hawthorne, Lennox and the whole of the Centinela Valley Unified School District.
It is for these reasons that the Lennox Teachers Association opposes the petition to transfer territory from the Lawndale Elementary School District to the Wiseburn Unified School District.
Second, on a grass-roots effort to recall three members of the Centinela Valley Unified School District’s Board of Education:
The Lennox Teachers Association, proudly representing the teachers of the Lennox School District, adds its voice to the growing chorus calling for the recall of Centinela Valley Unified School District Board of Education members Maritza Molina, Rocio Pizano and Hugo Rojas. By a unanimous vote of its Representative Council, the Lennox Teachers Association joins the Centinela Valley Secondary Teachers Association and other concerned community members and organizations in the effort to remove those Board members who approved disgraced ex-superintendent Jose Fernandez’s outrageous compensation package and have wasted millions of dollars that could have been better spent on the students of Lennox, Lawndale and Hawthorne who attend the Centinela Valley Unified School District. We urge all registered voters in Lennox, Lawndale and Hawthorne to sign the recall petition, putting the recall on the November 2015 ballot and allowing all Centinela Valley voters to say, “Enough!”
More information on the recall petition is available at recallcentinelaboard.wordpress.com. Sign it at one of the following local businesses:
- Hank’s Bistro, at the corner of Rosecrans and Hawthorne Blvd.
- Mark’s Barbershop, at 13913 Inglewood Ave.
- Corner Burger, at the corner of 147th and Hawthorne Blvd.
Or look for it any number of community events where dedicated volunteers will be more then happy to collect your signature!