Just as we were about to stop pinching ourselves to make sure we were not dreaming that Jones School had actually been spared School Board closure, so comes news that suggests that maybe it was too good to be true.
I received an e-mail a few hours ago from the Jones Paideia PTO President, Helen Koudelkova, saying that, while Dr. Pedro Garcia and the school district were going to go ahead with renovations (already under contract), Board Members Kathy Nevill, Marsha Warden, and Pam Garrett disagreed, saying that the renovation money should go to other district projects. The question of whether to continue to spend money on renovations has been scheduled to come before the School Board on Tuesday, December 13.
According to Helen, some Board members believe it could take as much as a year to decide what to do with renovation funds. In the meantime, she tells me, Jones School would not be ready for the 2006 year and Jones Paideia would be left "homeless." She called Tuesday's meeting "D-day" for Jones and said that a Board vote against renovation would be a de facto decision to close or merge Jones Paideia, which the School Board voted just last week not to do.
Or did they? Cue Yogi Berra: "It's déjà vu all over again."