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The Charter School Building Boom Hits The Valley

The Girls Athletic Leadership School (GALS) is building a new facility despite not having met its enrollment target for the last three years.

Carl J. Petersen
EduCreate
Published in
5 min readJul 11, 2023

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“Having a permanent, dedicated campus provides more stability and consistency for our students and their families, and ties us more closely to our Van Nuys community.”

– GALS

Artist rendering of plans versus reality.

Imagine you have worked hard to achieve the American Dream and saved enough money to buy a piece of suburbia in the San Fernando Valley. You pick an older neighborhood with modest houses crisscrossed by two-lane roads. Then one day a private school using public money buys a couple of lots in the neighborhood and bulldozes the houses that sat on them. In their places, construction crews start piling up modified 40-foot shipping containers. They will be placed together like a giant Lego set to build the new Van Nuys campus for the Girls Athletic Leadership School (GALS). The view out your side windows will now be more like the Port of Los Angeles rather than the suburban Valley.

San Fernando Valley Harbor?

The eyesore that is being built will not be the only thing to affect property values in the area as the quality of life for the school’s neighbors is also expected to take a hit. Temporary “No-Parking” signs already dot the area, foreshadowing the problems that will occur when the school begins operations. The two-lane, narrow roads surrounding the building were not designed to handle the traffic patterns that accompany any school. This problem will be exacerbated by a lack of sidewalks, creating additional safety concerns for both residents and students.

The renderings provided by the school do their best to mask these issues making it…

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Carl J. Petersen
EduCreate

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