The Los Angeles school board today selected Camino Nuevo Charter Academy to run a new Echo Park campus, rejecting the advice of the school district superintendent and a community advisory vote that favored a different management team.
The board voted against a team of school district administrators called Local District 4 / Echo Park Community Partners that was supported by the teachers’ union and a group of residents called Echo Park Moms and Dads Group for Education, which had members camp out overnight to be present at today’s board meeting. Last week, L.A. Unified Supt. Ramon Cortines recommended that Local District 4 operate the new $67.4 million campus called Central Region Elementary School #14. But when it came time to vote today on who would run numerous district campuses, the school board decided to follow most of Cortines’ recommendations, with the Echo Park school being one of the few exceptions.
The school, located southwest of Alvarado Street and Sunset Boulevard, will be open to students grades K-8. Camino Nuevo, which operates three other charter schools, has proposed a bilingual instruction program in English and Spanish for the Echo Park school.
The board voted four to three in favor of Camino Nuevo. Members Monica Garcia, Marguerite LaMotte and Steve Zimmer voted in favor of Local District Four. Board member Yolie Flores, whose district includes the new Echo Park school, voted in favor of Camino Nuevo.
School board also selected operators to run a dozen other new and existing schools, including new Eastside high schools in East Los Angeles and Glassell Park. Click here to see the board’s selections.