Unable to secure a lease on an LACCD campus, the North Valley Military Institute is out of options. Who is watching out for the students?
“The LACCD Board exerted oversight that the [LACOE] board as a whole has failed to show.”
– Hans Johnson, EAPD
It has been more than a month since the Board of Trustees for the North Valley Military Institute (NVMI) decided to jettison its middle school. Since this represents a major change in the operation of the charter school, the decision should have been immediately followed by a request for a Material Revision to the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE). Unsurprisingly to anyone who has followed NVMI’s tumultuous history, its leaders never made the request. The trustees have never even discussed the possible wording for the document.
This refusal to follow basic rules was front and center as the trustees for the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) prepared for a special meeting to consider a proposed lease that would provide NVMI space on the campus of Los Angeles Mission College. These elected officials already knew that the charter school is in the midst of an “extraordinary audit” to determine the legality of the $90,000 it spent on an employee retreat to Las Vegas. The addition of another violation provided further warning that housing NVMI on campus would be a potential source of controversy and the school would possibly not last long enough to fulfill the terms of its lease.
With a rejection of the lease becoming increasingly certain, the LACCD trustees canceled the special meeting. Having already rejected LAUSD’s offer of space under PROP 39, this leaves NVMI without a campus. After years of mismanagement, NVMI will be forced to shut its doors.
To make the closure official, NVMI must notify its regulators at LACOE. The next meeting of the school’s trustees was set for Saturday, June 24, but had to be postponed when a quorum was unavailable. Instead, the charter school’s trustees will meet on Tuesday, June 27.