Fifty local families plan to hold a protest at the elementary school district board meeting tonight, demanding new classroom space after the district ended a 20-year lease with the affordable preschool program their children attend.
The Mountain View Child Development Center, a preschool run by YMCA of the East Bay which serves 110 low-income families, has been located on district property next to the main district office on San Pierre Way for over two decades. But district trustees voted in January to end its lease this June and move the district's parent participation program, PACT, onto the campus.
The district's enrollment is growing faster than expected, and according to administrators there is no room on the other campuses for PACT.
The preschool families say the closure of the preschool was unexpected, and without this program they will have no affordable preschool or child care. They plan to stage their protest during the public meeting on Thursday, March 5 at the district office at 750-A San Pierre Way at 6 p.m. The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m., but trustees have a closed session scheduled until the 7 p.m. public meeting.
District trustees also plan to approve a master plan for the district and pass a budget for the rest of the year during the meeting. The district faces over $2.6 million dollars in cuts under the new state budget, but administrators say they can use reserves and shift funding to make it through the year without layoffs.
Trustees will also hear presentations for Monta Loma School and Beyond the Bell, an after-school program.