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Strong SM South turnout at board meeting has Save Mission Valley parents on alert

A contingent of SM South parents lobbying the board of education to approve the original proposals put forth by superintendent Gene Johnson got the attention of the leaders of the

A contingent of SM South parents lobbying the board of education to approve the original proposals put forth by superintendent Gene Johnson got the attention of the leaders of the Save Mission Valley group on Monday.

After attending Monday’s board of education meeting, Save Mission Valley committee members Michelle Trouvé and Mary Lee Duff sent an email update to members alerting them that the movement to keep Mission Valley open appeared to have suffered a “major setback.”

(A caveat here that we were not able to attend the meeting in person, so we are passing along information provided by Trouvé and Duff, as well as Leigh Anne Neal, the district’s communications officer).

According to Neal, 18 people spoke during the open forum at the beginning of the meeting, and Trouvé and Duff reported that the vast majority of them were from a “well organized” group of SM South parents, many of whom were carrying signs that read “EQUITY.”

Trouvé and Duff reported that some of the common themes expressed by the speakers were that, “East parents are afraid of diversity, East parents want a better education than the rest of the District, the Board is ‘protecting the privileged,’ SM South may become 5A for sports which would be ‘tragic’ and that the Board should not favor buildings over programs.”

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