Several people spoke on our behalf, and I believe our story was well told. First we wanted people to know we want to work with the school board, other people in our field and families of at-risk and foster children, as well as parents who choose to home school their children. Secondly we wanted people to understand the difficulties of our students to graduate from high school, due to all the moves, emotional and behavorial problems.
We spoke about our experience with this population, our passion to put together a program that will absolutely help our students do better in school and graduate.
Cesar Castaneda and Johann Rubia-Miller laid out our program, Paul Robins spoke of our experience and heart for the children, John Matsis, who will be providing services for our school, spoke of his companies' confidence in us, Jim shared our history and our understanding of the population, Margaret Jones wrote a letter applauding our efforts and encouraging the board to approve our petition, Nancy Duncan spoke as a former foster child, group home administrator, and parent of a child who may need need our school, Rachel Harris shared her personal story as a former foster child, and how a school such as this would have made her life better, and finally, Robert Pye of Crossroads Children's Services spoke about how needed this type of education is in our industry.
We were so proud of everyone who participated. So many of our friends, employees, and even our group home kids came out to support us. THANKS TO ALL. We won't know the decision of the Board whether to approve our petition until late January. It is an exciting opportunity.