Garfield Staff and Student Advisory Vote Update

By EGP News

In his weekly update, LAUSD Superintendant Ramon Cortines today announced that  the Public School Choice Advisory Vote date and location  for  students, teachers, administrators and classified employees at James A. Garfield High School has been expanded  to allow them to vote  Feb. 3  from 3-7pm at the high school, if they  prefer not to make the trip to Griffith Middle School on Feb. 2 or Feb. 6th.

The change applies only to those indicated. All others—parents and stakeholders—will vote at Griffith Middle School where the school’s presentation took place.

According to Ronald O. Palacios, Director of Community Partnerships for School Board Vice President Yolie Flores, the special exception came about because parents, teachers, and community members made numerous calls to Flores’ office wondering why they couldnot just vote at the school site.

United Way has stepped up to cover the cost of the Advisory Vote at Garfield, he said.

“Garfield HS: Unfortunately due to previous fire damage to the Garfield High School auditorium and the instructional use of other large rooms on the campus, we are unable to hold the Advisory Vote on the Garfield High School campus during the regularly scheduled Advisory Vote dates and times,” Cortines wrote in his message. “However, Board Member Flores has worked with me and the League of Women Voters to ensure our students and employees at Garfield have every opportunity to participate in the Advisory Vote. The League of Women Voters has agreed to oversee an Advisory Vote for ONLY students and employees on Wednesday, February 3 from 3-7pm on the Garfield High School campus. This exception is being made for Garfield, because it is the only Focus School that is not having its vote at its home school.”

The message also included changes to voting locations for Central Region Elementary School #15 and South Region Elementary School #3.

Cortines also said that because “some individuals have not acted as appropriate role models,” the following guidelines need to be followed to ensure a positive voting experience:

—Follow school site’s guidelines for visitors

—No advocacy within 50 feet of the Advisory Vote

—Individuals will be asked to remove any advocacy materials, including buttons and articles of clothing, within the advisory voting areas

—No intimidating or disrespectful behavior during this process

—The spreading of misinformation will not be tolerated

The League of Women Voters of Los Angeles are the independent election managers, the Advisory votes begin this Tuesday, Feb 2 from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., then again that day from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday, Feb 6 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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January 29, 2010  Copyright © 2012 Eastern Group Publications, Inc.

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