As the founding chair of the Community Magnet School, I can sympathize with Carol Lynn Mithers ("LAUSD's Building Fantasy," Opinion, Jan. 13). The Community School, as it was originally called, opened its doors as an alternative school on the split sites of Canfield Avenue and Crescent Heights elementary schools in 1974. It took two years of hard bargaining and a threat of a lawsuit to get the LAUSD to accept the concept of a neighborhood integration plan that combined volunteers from the student bodies of Canfield (96% Anglo) and Crescent Heights (98% black), located less than one mile apart on Airdrome Street. The idea was to operate the Community School as an autonomous mini-school at each site. This concept lasted only three years when the district, under pressure from Canfield parents, gave us an ultimatum: Move the program to the site of then-Pasteur Junior High or lose it. After much debate the school was relocated.