Dear Members of the Hesperia Unified School District


The parents of Cypress School of the Arts have been working hard to understand the reason that our principal, Scott Sheffield, was moved to Joshua Circle. On May 2, your decision to reassign some very successful principals to schools which are lower performing, based on input from only a few members of the Hesperia district office, left us with unanswered questions. We met with Mark McKinney and Jovi Yankaskas on May 19 and all they gave us was district rhetoric. We would like to share with you a few of the reasons that this move may not be in the best interest of Cypress School of the Arts and Hesperia Unified School District.


1. This is the second year of what is usually a five-year plan for the formation and establishment of a new school. Our school plan was modeled after Discovery School in Victorville.


2. Mr. Sheffield and his staff have truly shown that they are student-driven, with the results being several awards earned at a state level. This is remarkable for such a new school.


3. With change comes a question of possibly not being better than we have been and not performing as we would have with Mr. Sheffield at the lead.


4. Most of the staff have chosen to work with Mr. Sheffield because of his results oriented style of management. He truly expects and allows his staff to do their jobs without micromanaging their every move.


5. Cypress School of Arts is a parent-choice school with the parents playing a key role in decisions.


6. The parents of Cypress School of the Arts were not given adequate notice of the Board's intent to vote on this matter on May 2. It was only through "leaks" that a few of our parents were notified of this matter on Facebook. We are checking the Ed. Code about this policy.


7. Some members of the Board met and discussed this vote before the actual meeting was held. As we understand it, this is in violation of California Ed. Code.


We would like you to reconsider this matter on the June 20 agenda and accept input from the parents and staff. We would appreciate your consideration of our concerns and allow us the opportunity to voice these concerns.


Thank you for your consideration.


Sincerely,


Parents of Cypress School of the Arts students