Thank you for your letter. I can tell this is an issue that means a lot to you as it should. Westwoods Academy has done a great job with the students that attend there and it would be a shame if it were to close. I will do what I can to advocate for the program, but unfortunately that is all I can do. By state law we, as elected officials, have no authority over how the Board of Education allocates its funds. We approve a budget for the city as a whole. Once the funds are allocated to the Board of Education, they decide which items or programs get funded.
I fear that Westwoods Academy and the students there have become the "faces" attached to the budget process and the tough decisions we are facing this year and it is completely unfair and a ploy by the Board of Education and certain council members. I have made clear many times that cost savings can be found in other areas, including rescinding raises that were given to Board of Education Administration. I believe that would truly be putting the students first. Activism in this matter is excellent and I urge you to communicate with members of the Board of Education and to attend their meetings so that your voice is heard.