The Story of Emeryville's Center of 'Community' Life a "Cautionary Tale"
A Columbia University educational equity nonprofit journalism group released a report this week on Emeryville's beleaguered Center of 'Community' Life (ECCL) and found the schools/city joint venture now being built on San Pablo Avenue "plagued by political controversy, financial wrangling and practical roadblocks".
The story, featured in the Hechinger Report is the first published outside of Emeryville, critical of the ECCL and includes citizen's concerns as opposed to simply posting administrator's glowing proclamations as has been the standard up until now.
Having noted that, Emery School Board President John Affeldt is quoted poo pooing citizen's concerns over the ECCL as those of a "vocal minority". However, the report was written before last week's revelation directly countering Mr Affeldt's remarks from Emery School Superintendent that parental approval of the ECCL and its plan to close the existing elementary school is evenly split. "It's fifty fifty" Superintendent John Rubio told attendees at the October 21st School Board meeting, information he said he had gleaned from a recent opinion poll of parents.
Mr Affeldt went on in the story to excitedly claim the ECCL was going to deliver "Emeryville's first library", an erroneous statement, at least if one believes the Emeryville City Council. A majority of City Council members have repeatedly said over the years City Hall will not be funding a public library at the ECCL site and the only library to be built there will be the school library.
The report mainly centers on the problem with the ECCL site being too small, a finding also made by the State of California and an increasingly agitated base of parents arising from the fact that the School District has given them short shrift.
Here is the Hechinger Report on the Emeryville Center of 'Community' Life, dated November 2nd:
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