PLAN TO SELL CAMPUSES MAY HURT SCHOOL TENANTS.
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Confident that existing schools can accommodate enrollment increases, the Simi Valley Simi Valley (sē`mē, sĭm`ē), city (1990 pop. 100,217), Ventura co., SW Calif. in an oil, fruit, and farm region; laid out 1887, inc. 1969. school district will sell two former elementary schools elementary school: see school. to raise more than $2 million for campus improvements.
The sale of Belwood Elementary School might displace several privately run preschools. The Walnut Grove Walnut Grove is the name of many communities in the US and Canada, including:
``It doesn't make sense for us to hold properties that we would never need. We need to convert those assets into cash or revenue,'' said school board President Norm Walker.
On Tuesday night, the trustees declared the 13.4-acre Belwood Elementary School on Kadota Street a surplus property that will now be put on the selling block for a minimum price of $1.2 million. Trustees will open bids April 21.
Trustees said they will declare the 13.4-acre Walnut Grove Elementary School on Cherry Avenue a surplus property Jan. 20, with a bid opening expected for late May.
Although the district hasn't set an asking price for Walnut Grove, Dave Kanthak, assistant superintendent Assistant Superintendent, or Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), was a rank used by police forces in the British Empire. It was usually the lowest rank that could be held by a European officer, most of whom joined the police at this rank. for business services, said the campus is worth at least $1.2 million.
Kanthak said the money from both sales was needed for electrical upgrades that will increase the capacity for new technology at the Simi Valley Unified School District's 27 other campuses.
Operators of the three preschools that have been operating at the Belwood campus for as long as a decade are concerned with the prospect of having to move if the campus is sold. Two churches also operate on the campus.
``I was told that I would be here for a very long time and I put a lot of money in here,'' said Marie Weckhurst, owner of Happy Acre Preschool and Kindergarten.
Weckhurst said the school is in its third year and has 75 students. The other preschools at the Belwood campus are Building Blocks and the Simi Valley Jewish Community Center program.
``We stand to do a lot of hurting, but I really am hopeful that they would provide another space for us,'' Weckhurst said. ``I'm hoping that if (it is sold) that we will be placed in another situation, only because we have a lot of parents and children dependent on us.''
Randy Beaty, president of Grace Brethren Schools, which now leases the Walnut Grove and Arcane ar·cane
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[Latin arc elementary campuses, said Tuesday's action provides an opportunity for a permanent home.
``We remain cautiously optimistic op·ti·mist
1. One who usually expects a favorable outcome.
2. A believer in philosophical optimism.
op that a more permanent solution to our facility concerns is now within reach,'' he said. ``The goal of owning two campuses is a top priority. We hope to be competitive in the bidding.''
Grace Brethren now runs a 277-student junior and senior high school at the Walnut Grove site, and a 550-student elementary program at the former Arcane Elementary School.
But Beaty said the Belwood property would be an excellent campus for its elementary program.
Should Grace Brethren be successful in its bid for the Belwood campus, trustee Carla Kurachi suggested that the displaced displaced
see displacement. preschools and churches might lease space at the Arcane Street school site, which Grace Brethren would vacate To annul, set aside, or render void; to surrender possession or occupancy.
The term vacate has two common usages in the law. With respect to real property, to vacate the premises means to give up possession of the property and leave the area totally devoid of contents. .
PHOTO (1--Color) The Simi Valley Unified School District A unified school district is a school district which includes both primary school (kindergarten through middle school or junior high) and high school (grades 9-12). In Illinois, these districts are called unit school districts. has decided it will need to sell the campus used by the private Grace Brethren.
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(2) Principal Louis Mann helps oversee Grace Brethren Schools, which plans to bid for the campuses.