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Save CCPA: Group Organizes to Ask for New Vote
The tug of war between the District 186 School Board and parents of students at Capital College Preparatory Academy is in time-out; but if those parents are to be believed-- it's far from over. Now they go back to the drawing board following through with an effort that started online. Twice now the outgoing school board has voted to close the school, but determined parents are meeting to come up with a new plan. Their goal is to come up with something so goodthe new district 1-86 school board can't say no.
"I have a 13-year-old that has had college goals for two years now. That probably wouldn't have been possible before he attended CCPA," parent Shelley Tulipana said.
The board decided to close the academically successful school--- arguing it would save the district money.
"There have been so many different numbers thrown out there. We're not sure exactly what the cost is," Tulipana said.
"We need to evaluate what we're spending our money on. We have to spend the money to educate our children," CCPA parent Jessica Thannen said.
Through a grassroots organization on Facebook and word of mouth-- parents and community members who don't want to see the high achieving school closed for good are hatching a new plan.
"We are not sure if we'd be allowed to stay at Feitshens building because of the two elementary schools merging and going there. I look at tonight as if it's going to be a brain storming session," Thannen said.
Friday's is the first, organized meeting of CCPA parents and supporters. While the "SAVE CCPA" Facebook group has more than 3-hundred likes only about a dozen are expected at the initial meeting.
"It's a new board. we have new members and hopefully some of them think it's worthwhile to continue," Tulipana said of the new school board.
While the SAVE CCPA group is initially meeting behind closed doors--parents tell us they're making it a goal to put the facts out in the open.