Sonoma Judge Amends Ruling in Ross Valley

A Sonoma County judge amended his tentative ruling in the Ross Valley Charter lawsuit against Ross Valley School District this week, granting some extra space to the charter for special education programs.

“The court confirms its tentative ruling with one exception,” wrote Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Allan Hardcastle in his final opinion dated on Friday but released on Monday. “That portion of the (charter’s) writ seeking 999.17 square feet (total) for special education facilities is granted. In all other respects the writ is denied.”

Although the final ruling in the long-running and often bitter controversy does not outright grant the charter a full extra classroom, charter officials said Tuesday it was close to a proposal for that amount that the charter had made to the district in the past.

“RVC offered in writing to accept nine classrooms, without litigation, at least three times between December and April,” charter board chair Sharon Sagar said in an email Tuesday. “Once we have the final order, we will once again reach out and propose to meet with the district, to work together on ways to comply with that order in a way that best meets the needs of both parties.”   Read the article>

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