Lest you think opponents aren’t bankrolling some activities in their effort to stop the new charter school from being approved by the district, I offer you two challenges. Try to drive through any frequently traveled intersection, at least in southern Novato, and not notice signs announcing “Get Informed. Tell the board no new charter school. SaveOurNovatoSchools.com.”
I came upon the first sign as my family and I drove by the school formerly known as Hill Middle on Saturday morning. We had little time to create a car game with a find-another-sign theme before we came upon another and another and another. They seemingly sprung up overnight, and they seem to be everywhere.
I asked Michael Christian, one of the founders of the SONS opposition movement, how many signs had been purchased and if they had all been placed on public property. According to Christian, about 100 signs were purchased and all are on public property, save for a few put in people’s own yards. I’m thinking a new game should be tracking how long the signs stay put.
The other challenge I have for you relates to a Google search of “Novato schools.” Try it. I’ll wait. [Feet tapping. Feet still tapping. Still tapping.]
Did you see who shows as the top ad? The very same SaveOurNovatoSchools.com.
From my perch in the middle, I watch the opposing forces maneuvering. I read the emails from some PTAs, from friends, from acquaintances, and from strangers who have somehow obtained my email address. I hear the persuasive arguments on both sides. I see signs, now.
What I wouldn’t give for a sign “The End is Near.”