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Community College Board Delays Action On Charter School Lease

Despite attempts by the North Valley Military Institute to rush the process, the LACCD trustees will take time to make an informed decision.

Carl J. Petersen
Age of Awareness
Published in
6 min readJun 9, 2023

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Poor planning on your part does not necessitate an emergency on mine.

– Bob Carter

The LACCD Trustees

With the 2022–23 school year coming to a close, the North Valley Military Institute (NVMI) currently has nowhere to hold classes next year. With time running out to come up with a plan, “Superintendent” Mark Ryan went before the Los Angeles Community College District’s (LACCD) Board of Trustees on June 7, 2023, with the hope of getting approval to rent space on the Los Angeles Mission College campus. He hoped to get this done quickly as the Los Angeles County Office of Education must approve any change in the charter schools operating plans before classes can start.

Unfortunately for Ryan, the members of the LACOE Board did not feel that they had enough information to make an appropriately informed decision. They, therefore, tabled their consideration of the lease until it can be discussed further at the next meeting of the trustees on June 21. This delay will make it difficult for the school to get the needed approvals from LACOE in order for the next school year to start on time.

After hearing some of the concerns expressed by the Trustees I sent them the following letter detailing some of the circumstances that make NVMI a risky tenant for the Community College District:

Thank you for voting to delay consideration of the proposed lease agreement with the North Valley Military Institute at your meeting yesterday. As noted, this board did not have all of the information that was needed to fulfill their fiducial responsibilities in determining if this lease was in the best interests of the students of the Los Angeles Community College District.

Questions were raised yesterday about the ongoing audit of NVMI by the Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team (FCMAT) and how it was initiated. In the attached letter dated

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Carl J. Petersen
Age of Awareness

Parent, special education advocate and former LAUSD School Board candidate. Still fighting for the children. www.ChangeTheLAUSD.com