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News - February 24, 2012

Carden West parents battle over tuition payments

Dispute hinges on 60-day notices for removing students

by Glenn Wohltmann

New details are emerging about Carden West, the school's bankruptcy and a fight between parents of students at the school.

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Posted by Fact Checker
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 23, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Let's just start with the last sentence in the article. The school has not paid $50,000 in back rent. It has paid $50,000 for the current month (the first month it has paid the entire school year). The remaining $150,000 is due by mid-March, not by May. It represents up-front payment for all remaining months rent for the school year. If the school does not make this payment on time then the landlord will evict the school on March 16th. This is all right in the court documents that were filed this month as part of an effort to prevent an eviction on February 15th.

Please try to do more than repeat the hearsay and gossip of the parents in these articles. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that the many of the parents on both sides of the dispute are all fired up with emotion and may be misquoted. I would love to see the author of this and the other articles (the same person for all of them) spend more time on fact checking.

There are more inaccuracies in the article, but I will leave those for others to comment on.

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Posted by Neighbor
a resident of Dublin
on Feb 23, 2012 at 2:55 pm

While some of the facts of the article may be off i think it's great that it's finally out there what is really going on behind the scenes over there. It's wonderful if you want to leave your Child at Carden West but no one else should foot the bill for that. You want the school open until May; Pay for it yourself. Bottom line the board breached the contract first, i don't know why anyone is even wasting anymore time on this. Yes children are involved, I myself have a child but again the bottom line is the board made a mistake, so what? Figure it out and move on, stop whining, crying and trying to blame any and everyone for your mistakes. Not to mention that Administration that was in charge gave the verbal and or written 'OK' to most, if not to all of these parents to leave. Who does admin answer to? The board! So again i think the Carden board might want to take a step back because seems like they are pretty guilty of breaching a contract but hey I'm no expert i guess we will just have to wait and see what happens...

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Posted by cardener
a resident of Amador Estates
on Feb 23, 2012 at 4:00 pm

totally overrated school seen more as a status symbol than anything else!

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Posted by Bummerooni
a resident of Val Vista
on Feb 23, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Poor Carden West parents with their elitist feel-good magnets on their Infinitis and Beemers. Looks like Carden won't be getting their kids into Ivy League colleges (as their literature hilariously boasts) after all. Stratford sounds more upper-crust anyway. Come pay a ridiculous amount of money to get an inferior education to Pleasanton public schools, but keep them away from all those grubby middle-class kids. Oh, and Stratford magnets! The new status accessory for your luxury SUV!

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Posted by XCW
a resident of Amador Estates
on Feb 23, 2012 at 6:44 pm

Previous post. Yes that is funny. I was one of those. The irony is the CW patents were snobs to even their fellow parents. I never understood that. I now see Public is much more academic than CW.

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Posted by noncarden
a resident of Bonde Ranch
on Feb 23, 2012 at 9:54 pm

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Posted by Neighbor
a resident of Stoneridge
on Feb 25, 2012 at 1:23 pm

Yes, Kathleen Massie will be one of the first called to testify should Carden follow through with their threats to pursue legal action against parents who left. The court documents for their BK show they listed her a person most knowledgable...