Letter to the editor- LTLC founder clarifies story
I have a desperate need to clarify some points made in the most recent article concerning the problems surrounding the continuing operation of Lake Tahoe Learning Center. I opened the center in August of 2000 under the auspices of Sierra Summit Academy, funded through the Sierra Plumas Joint Unified School District. To address Roma Morris’ comment regarding the budget, funding is based on continuing attendance of the students. As the student population fluctuated, so did the budget. I had a tight budget to work with, but made it work. The changes in the budget after I left were caused by a student population decrease.
I wished to provide our community with an alternative to the public schools and to adhere to charter school regulations. As a result of my successful efforts, and the success of Lake Tahoe Learning Center, I was offered and accepted a position with California Honors Schools, Inc., overseeing 16 site-based charter schools. I feel parents were misinformed by the current administration concerning my leaving and the budget. The center was running very smoothly when I left, with a student population of 109 students. After a one-month transition period I turned over my administrative position at Lake Tahoe Learning Center to Dave Rude and he took over the school completely after the first of the year. At this time I no longer had any control or input at his request. I felt very strongly that I had left the school in good hands with a person who would continue with my philosophy. I want to thank the teachers who I worked with for their dedication and hard work. I would also like to apologize to the students and parents who feel I let them down; this was not my intent.
Lake Tahoe Learning Center
South Lake Tahoe
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