ANTIOCH -- While the long-term prognosis for Dozier-Libbey Medical High School becoming some kind of charter school remains up in the air, plans are now rolling ahead for the upcoming year.
Dozier-Libbey will have a new site administrator as Antioch Unified trustees named Scott Bergerhouse interim principal last week.
All but four of the school's 27 teachers are returning.
Nancie Castro, principal at the school since it opened in 2008, was reassigned to a teaching position at Deer Valley High.
Planning for the school year is now starting in earnest as Bergerhouse has been making phone calls to teachers and staff. He will start outreach efforts to families next week, Superintendent Donald Gill said.
Scheduling and other items needed for school to start in August were delayed as Dozier-Libbey teachers and the district tried to find common ground to quash a dispute that led to competing charter efforts.
"There's a great deal of work that needs to be done in preparation for the new school year," Gill said. "We need to bring all the parties together to ensure there is a smooth opening."
Meanwhile, Antioch Unified filed an appeal on June 19 with the state appellate court to overturn a Contra Costa Superior Court judge's decision that halts its charter efforts. The petitioners filed a response on June 30, asserting that keeping the injunction "preserves the status quo."
Dozier-Libbey petitioners also continue to mull their options. After the Contra Costa Board of Education rejected their petition in May, they have a five-month window to decide whether to appeal to the state, said Jeff Weber, one of the lead petitioners.
According to the district and teachers, the "common ground" discussions included a proposed accord that a petition for a charter could be sought for five years while the district said it would include adding a vice principal and library staff and try to implement some of the programs identified in the teachers' petition.
Both sides have indicated they would be willing to continue discussions in August.
The episode has created angst for Dozier-Libbey parents, teachers and students, particularly because of a lack of information from the district.
"It really is uncharted territory and a very delicate situation with a lot of emotions, so we didn't want to appear presumptuous," Gill said.
Sara Hall-Cottrell, new president of Dozier-Libbey's PTSA, said parents, regardless of their stance on the charter, are growing increasingly frustrated. She said some families have transferred out of the school while she is "starting with a skeleton crew" with PTSA.
"We need to know where we stand. It's been very difficult and it's the kids that I'm worried the most about," Hall-Cottrell said.
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