By Yvonne Merrill
October 6, 2011 (La Mesa) -- The Church of Christ on Jackson Drive in La Mesa is renting its building to the Mountain Empire School District for a charter school. Last year the school started with 80 students. Their conditional use permit (CUP) with the City of La Mesa stated a limit of 100 students. This year it enrolled 180. The school requested a change in its CUP at the Planning Commission at the end of August, only a week before school started.
The Planning Commission then passed it on to the La Mesa City Council. Apparently, the church decided that with or without permission from the City Council it would enroll as many students as it wanted and that it would not follow law as outlined in the CUP. At the City Council meeting, Pastor Troy Wagner asked, "What are we supposed to do? Send 80 students home, 60 of which are La Mesa residents?" He indicated that they want to enroll 259 students next year.