On Wednesday, November 4th, OUSD voted to award a long term lease to Lazear Charter Academy. The vote is a major win for community leadership who’ve surmounted the odds once again. The good news bares a wealth of emotion for those who’ve long awaited this result.
The lease will allow construction to begin on a new building for our students whose patience and perseverance will soon be rewarded. This is a grateful ending to a thirty-year story that began with a fire. The blaze brought down the original school building and left the children in portables since the 1980’s.
In 2012, OUSD voted to close the facility. At that time, parents and community members rallied to craft a charter petition. The same year, after being rejected by the district, while working with EFCPS, the charter was approved by the Alameda County Board of Education.
From 2012 until November 4th of 2015, Lazear’s future had been uncertain. While OUSD continued to deny the Lazear community charter, parent leadership and administration were forced to bring the petition to Alameda county for renewal on an annual basis.
Now, with concerns about the school’s future finally at rest, parent leaders can finally focus their full attention on supporting the needs of their students. The reprieve is due to impassioned speeches from teachers, administrators, current students and alumni, alike. Even Lazear’s former principal spoke on behalf of the students.
OUSD’s recent decision is particularly heartfelt for students and alumni who’ve witnessed the school fight to keep its doors open after one-hundred years of operation. Congratulations Lazear, we are proud of what you’ve accomplished and look forward to a bright future!