Love where you live!
JACKSON DRIVE -- It has been a few weeks since school began at the new College Prepatory Middle School on Jackson Drive. Enrollment is approaching 100 and the school's clean but modest hallways -- located in a church basement -- are lined with poems and drawings. Students wearing uniforms gallop through the classrooms. And on this rainy Tuesday, all activity stops in the early evening as teachers, administrators and civic leaders gather to symbolically cut the ribbon on one of La Mesa's newest institutions. Mayor Art Madrid and city council members Mark Arapostathis, Ernie Ewin and Dave Allan were joined by Mary England of the Chamber of Commerce. Kind words of thanks mixed with statements of support for school choice and engaged parents, many of whom were also in attendance. CPMS -- the Tigers -- formed as a charter school with the goal of focusing on reading skills and basic competencies to focus middle school students clearly on the goal of college entrance. The public officials pledged their support and several others sent emmisaries with certificates for the teachers and administrators who have taken on the job of building a new school. And then the gathering took a few minutes to enjoy cookies before racing off -- to homework for most of the young.