I haven't made a post on this topic to date because I didn't feel like I had much info, but I ran into two different local parents I know at B'game on B'game Avenue yesterday whose kids are enrolled in this first Design Tech class. They are very excited about it and a bit confused/concerned about the controversy. The DJ gives us a nice synopsis here
The district dealt with a lot of issues it didn’t anticipate, he noted. Parents learned at the end of March the district was offering the new charter space at Mills. Safety and traffic issues were also of concern. Mills and Millbrae community members complained about the lack of public input in the process and some commented on how board meeting minutes had yet to be posted on the district website and that the public wasn’t informed about Mills being considered as the location for the school before it was up for a board vote.
For now, the school has $1.109 million in general block grants, $275,000 in federal school startup funds and $26,531 in other state revenue. Total expenses, between compensation and benefits, book and supplies, services and operating expenses and capital outlay, total $1.65 million. The budget will expand each year as the number of students expands to its expected final size of 600 students. Design Tech’s Executive Director Ken Montgomery insists the $150,000 is one-time seed money.
I can also verify (from these two parents) that so far the controversy is from the parents. The two sets of students on campus are getting along fine and as one of the parents noted "it's the same kids they have been in class with since kindergarten". That's true of the 80 B'game students at a minimum. I'm sure we haven't heard the last of the funding issue.