The passing of Measure B was a victory to high school officials, as well as the countless students and Galt residents who worked for months on phone banks and door-to-door campaigning to support a second high school.
But its success was the death knell of another idea being tossed around by a parent group last year - Galt's first charter high school.
The idea for an alternative to Galt High School's overcrowded classrooms came from a group calling itself Parents for Children. The group claimed, in the absence of a foreseeable plan for a new school at the district level, that citizens would take the issue of providing a quality education into their own hands.
Members present for an orientation meeting in January included former high school trustees Gary Silva and Ann Ullrich, as well as business owners Terry Parker, Art Oelsner and Bob Dees.
But when the group learned during the summer that the high school board was putting a bond on the November ballot and asked several of them to help write the bond language, many Parents for Children members shifted their sights from a charter school to a new district-built campus, Parker said Thursday.
Closer research also revealed opening a charter school would have been too large a task for a group operating without the backing of a school district, she said.
"The problem we had here was getting that support," Parker said.
In April, Oelsner founded another Galt group, Parents Demanding Accountability, which would continue researching charter schools in the area as possible models for Galt.
That effort got lost in the Measure B campaign, said Oelsner, who initially supported the initiative, but withdrew his support in October.
"I don't think you'll find anyone still really supportive of a charter school," he said.
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