Students, staff stand together behind Millennium High School
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
Jan 31, 2014 | 4236 views | 1 1 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Families and faculty of Millennium High School showed a strong united front to Tracy Unified School District trustees at a public hearing Tuesday as the board considered whether to renew the school’s charter.

Tracy Learning Center Executive Director Virginia Stewart, who oversees the K-12 campus, told the board the school wanted to continue its positive relationship with the district.

“We’re grateful for your support as our authorizing agency for our charter, and we appreciate your guidance and suggestions over the last 10 years,” Stewart said. “We wish to continue working in harmony with the district as one united effort for providing the best possible education to all the students entrusted to each of us.

“We thank you for continuing to support us and for your consideration of our second renewal of Millennium charter school,” she said.

Millennium High School is part of the TLC campus at 51 E. Beverly Place and is home to more than 400 students.

As nearly 100 supporters looked on in the district board room, a few stepped to the podium to talk about their love for Millennium.

Millennium junior Jacob Brachna-Gonzales, who was complimented by the board for earning his letterman jacket in soccer, spoke passionately about his school.

“I think that my school is amazing,” he said. “Honestly, it is one of the best schools I’ve ever seen. I’m not trying to brag, but I think that our school is by far one of the best.”

Brachna-Gonzales told the board about a few of programs the school has to offer, such as a leadership program to support classmates, life skills to address daily challenges and especially career education that he said helped him identify his desire to study computer science.

He said the students are united because of the small campus and are “connected” and “friendly toward one another.”

Donna Baker, the mother of sixth- and ninth-graders at TLC, told the board that the district and the charter need to be united to educate the students.

“I think it’s important to say and understand,” she said. “I don’t want to be quirky, but it does take a village to raise our children. We have a lot of things in our lives right now. Where we need these teachers, we need the Millennium High School teachers like a village. Please make sure our charter is renewed.”

The district has 30 days to review the request, but according to Linda Boragno-Dopp, TUSD director of alternative programs, a vote on the renewal will take place at the Feb. 11 board meeting.

“We’ll make sure all the critical aspects (to the petition) are there” before the vote, she said.

Recently, TLC officials have disclosed a desire to move the high school campus to the northern portion of Tracy Outlets, 1005 E. Pescadero Ave. The proposal was not discussed during the public hearing, but school leaders have reportedly talked with outlet officials.

Boragno-Dopp said the district was aware that the charter school was considering an alternative site, but she said the renewal of the charter would be for Millennium to remain on the East Beverly Place campus.

• Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at 830-4225 or drizzo@tracypress.com.

 
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January 31, 2014
I have 2 children, a senior and junior at MHS who have attended the Tracy Learning Center since the 4th grade. My youngest is now in the 4th grade at TLC. I truly love this school, staff and teachers. They care about the students and want them to succeed when they graduate. If the kids need help with homework or have a question on their homework they can email their teacher and the teacher responds!! The staff and students don't have early release days, days off for parent conferences, they have long school hours and only 4 weeks off in the summer. The staff is dedicated to this school and the students. I agree with Mrs. Baker's comments. It does take a village to raise our children and I feel very blessed that my children's education has been with Mrs. Stewart and the staff of TLC.


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