Mayor Foster: Don't move Lakeview Fundamental
Lakeview Fundamental Elementary parents aren't the only ones not happy about plans to merge the school into a new and bigger fundamental at Gulfport Elementary. St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster doesn't like the idea either.
Lori Matway, the city's school programs administrator, told a Lakeview parent in an email this week that Foster told Pinellas Superintendent Julie Janssen in a meeting that he was opposed to the move. "But Dr. Janssen seemed firm in her decision," Matway wrote. "We can only hope that the School Board members will be more responsive."
In an earlier email to another parent, Matway wrote, "I am very concerned about losing another 'A' rated school in the City of St. Petersburg; therefore requesting that Dr. Janssen reconsider this move ... This school is a shining star in our city that should be replicated not eliminated!"
The Gradebook asked Janssen about Foster's opposition after a parent mentioned it during yesterday's board meeting. The mayor did raise concerns about moving an A school, but putting Gulfport's Montessori program into Lakeview means one A school will replace another, Janssen said.
"I have to look at the big picture," she said. "It's so logically right to do what we're doing."