Residents are invited to a “Donuts & Coffee” meeting that Jeanette Stevens, Principal of San Pedro High School Flagship and John M and Muriel Olguin “JMMO” campuses, is hosting, regarding the buses using Alma, in the multipurpose room on the JMMO campus multi-purpose room August 30, Thursday at 8:30 a.m.
It will be a lively conversation given the different points of view that will be represented…not everyone will agree, but it will be an opportunity for parents of current students and neighbors to share their concerns, to understand the challenges, and begin to find solutions and come to a peaceful appreciation for the problems that need to be solved…considering that students needs need to be put first above all else.
Stevens is very forthcoming about what has happened regarding the use of Alma. Until the buses actually made the trips to and from the Flagship Campus to the Olguin Campus, some people had expected a different outcome. However, in order for students to be in class on time and not miss instructional minutes, buses “must” use Alma during the mid-morning hours only, not before or after school. Anyone who has tried to use the Gaffey entrance knows that it is not working to facilitate easy entry and exit to and from the campus. Unfortunately there was a gap, a huge gap, between planning the ingress and egress of the school and the commitment made to the neighbors.
Stevens inherited a lot of commitments that had been made prior to her becoming principal, one of which was to limit Alma to dire emergencies. This is what the voice of the neighborhood wanted and had been agreed to by “district officials”, now the reality creates a different scenario.
Please find a way to attend the meeting on Thursday… hopefully it will be more than an airing of frustrations, rather a step towards building understanding and finding solutions.