Good morning Eugene
As a disappointed parent from East Austin College Prep, I began looking for review online about our community charter school. I didn’t find much, what I did find was a blog written in 2009 which states exactly how we feel. “Something doesn’t feel right here.”
Many parent, including myself were under the impression that EACPrep was been managed by Southwest Key. According the attached charter application, EACPrep does not have a management company instead the East Austin Academia Inc. was organized to handle all of its development, financial, operations, and management issues. Surprisingly come to find out all the current member on the East Austin Academia Inc. either work for or are affiliated with Southwest Key.
The was a board meeting scheduled last Thursday , which got cancelled last minute. It is rescheduled for this Tuesday with a new agenda. The board is appointing a new member, Alexia Rodriguez the Vice President for Southwest key Immigrant Youth Services/Legal Counsel. They are also appointing a CEO/Superintendent for the Elementary School we already have a wonderful , respected superintendent. I don’t understand how the Board has cut the budget and decreased there teacher staff by at least two teacher but is willing to approve an additional superintendent position . Neither the elementary nor high school has assistant principal, nor a full time counselor which are listed on the organizational chart of on its charter application. We also don’t have a much needed nurse, a cafeteria, nor actual gym. It would be interesting to see who they appoint.
The Board has approved various adjustment to the budget which benefits Southwest Key. As mentioned in your blog, EACPrep pays rent to Southwest Key as well as custodial, accounting, human resources, and food services. They are increasing their enrollment, when they really don’t have space. They are focused on the enrollment numbers, because the more students the more money for Southwest Key.
Oh I forgot to mention legal services, yes the attorney for Southwest Key is also the attorney for the board and school. I wonder whose interest is considered when contracted are negotiated.
Sorry to say but you were right. Southwest Key is using the education dreams and hopes of East Austin community as an opportunity to profit.
I hope you follow up, and see for yourself you were not wrong.
(Name redacted at request of author)