On Friday, members of the Desert Trails Parent Union released their eight-page guidelines detailing what they're looking for in the new management of what they're calling the Transformed Desert Trails Elementary.
"We intend to exercise our power ... to solicit additional proposals for partners that can transform Desert Trails," the guidelines read in part. "Under the regulations, this process will be open to anyone - including districts and labor organizations interested in submitting Partnership School proposals, as well as existing non-profit charter operators submitting traditional independent charter proposals."
Group members say they're open to charter schools, private-public partnerships with the Adelento Elementary School District and other possibilities.
"I hope to see a proposal that puts our children first," said Doreen Diaz, chapter coordinator for Desert Trails Parent Union. "I don't have a preference either way, just so long as our children are first and foremost."
"The district will consider any proposal within the scope of the petition," school board President Carlos Mendoza said. "A partnership has been mentioned, but I would need to know more about how and where their authority
"How will they be held accountable? How much transparency will they allow? Is there sustainable funding or is it a wish list that the school district is expected to front regardless of the financial reality of the state budget?"
Among the things members of the group are looking for at this stage, when they're simply soliciting letters of interest:
"A detailed explanation of the Proposer's qualifications as a school operator, charter management organization or educational management organization.
"A general description of the Proposer's current or proposed educational program and their unique ability to meet the specific needs of all students at Desert Trails Elementary.
"A demonstrated commitment and description of plans for establishing a collaborative learning community that meaningfully engages the (parent group), and parents and community members in Adelanto."
The group hopes to open the new school in time for the 2013-2014 school year. That'll be too late for Diaz, whose daughter will be heading on to middle school that year.
"We just hope we're able to inspire other parents around the nation to fight for their children's education," she said. "That's our ultimate goal: providing a better education for our children."