A large crowd of adults and children turned out Thursday night to hear the presentations of two groups seeking to operate a new Echo Park elementary school. Presentations by charter school operator El Camino Nuevo and a group headed by L.A. Unified administrators (which won the backing of the school district teachers union) were followed by an advisory vote. Residents will get another chance to cast ballots on Saturday at Rosemont Elementary. The school district will take the voting results under consideration when it decides which group will run the $68.7 million school, which is scheduled to be completed later this year.
Echo Park resident Jonathan Williams, who snapped the above photo, estimates that about 400 people attended Thursday night’s meeting in the cafeteria of Union Elementary. Williams, who voted in favor of the group headed by school district administrators, said the organizers strictly enforced rules against electioneering, preventing one woman with an El Camino emblem on her shirt from entering the voting area. The sound system could have been better, however. “The microphones weren’t loud enough to break through the din of all those people (and many children) talking.”
- Orientation meeting and voting schedules
- El Camino Nuevo Proposal
- Local District 4/Echo Park Community Partners Proposal
Photo by Jonathan Williams