Odyssey Charter School founder Constance Ortiz, along with Principal Mike Davis held a staff meeting 2 weeks ago to discuss the articles we have published. Ortiz wanted the staff to ask questions about us personally, however after asking for questions several times, staff had none…about us anyway. They did have questions about an apparent issue they’ve brought up many times before. Safety.
The comments during the meeting are consistent with the numerous emails from current and former staff at Odyssey we have received. One thing parents stated they were promised were small classrooms with between 15 to 20 students each. According to staff members you hear in this article and elsewhere, classes are reaching 40 students per class.
But the major issue is not in the classrooms, but in the hallways between classes. As Ortiz admits herself, the 2 hallways in the building are flawed in design, being too narrow. With hundreds of students navigating the halls, it’s an absolute nightmare. “If there’s an emergency, someone is going to get seriously hurt of even die,” one teacher told us.
“You cannot move, it’s a death trap.”