Nursery school relocating to college |

Nursery school relocating to college

By 2003, some South Lake Tahoe preschoolers may be attending the community college.

Tahoe Parents Nursery School likely will get a new building connected to Lake Tahoe Community College’s Child Development Center.

Representatives from the preschool and the community college addressed Lake Tahoe Unified School District’s Board of Education last week. The board gave the agencies approval to continue project negotiations.

Tahoe Parents Nursery will remain a part of Lake Tahoe Unified School District until the school makes the move to the college campus. District Board President Wendy David said losing Tahoe Parents Nursery will not affect the district financially.

“It’s going to be a win-win situation for the college and for the school district because of the way the funding is set up,” David said. “TPNS was not bringing in adequate funding to the school district and they will be able to enhance the community college. So they’ll continue to be a part of the school district until they actually make the physical move to the college. Everything will remain the same for us but we’ll miss them being part of our school district because they brought so much value to our district.”

Tahoe Parents Nursery School, founded in 1958, has been looking for a new facility since last year when Heavenly Valley Seventh-Day Adventist Church announced its desire to reclaim space used by the school.

Until project details with the college are finalized, Tahoe Parents Nursery will operate at Meyer’s Elementary School, TPNS Co-Director Aileen Yure said.

“We will be at Meyers Elementary School probably for about 18 months,” Yure said. “Lake Tahoe Unified School District gave approval to continue on with talk of building. Our board has approved going through with it so I don’t see anything stopping it at this point.”

In May, Tahoe Parents Nursery School, Lake Tahoe Community College, Lake Tahoe Unified School District and CASA El Dorado were awarded a collaborative Proposition 10 grant for $250,000. The money will go to build the new facility at the college, which will be shared by Tahoe Parents Nursery School, Lake Tahoe Community College and CASA El Dorado. Proposition 10 grants fund agencies which provide services for pregnant women or children from birth to age 5.

When construction is completed, the nursery school plans to use the space in the morning Monday through Thursday. The building will be available to the college and CASA during afternoons, evenings and weekends.

“We have several benefits from the project,” College Vice President of Business Services Jon Stephens said in May. “The really obvious benefit for the college as a whole is it will provide additional classroom space when Tahoe Parents Nursery School isn’t using it.”

Grant money will take care of many expenses associated with the erection of the new facility, but Yure said the school still needs to raise between $70,000 and $80,000.

“We’re at that point where we’re looking to the community,” Yure said. “We’ve already opened an account at El Dorado Savings and we’re putting together a committee to work on fund-raising.”

Donation checks may be made out to Tahoe Parents Nursery School.

Tahoe Parents Nursery School is a cooperative preschool. In addition to paying a monthly tuition fee, parents volunteer to work one day per week at the school and must attend early childhood education classes once a week. Parent contact generates 6,336 hours of instruction annually, according to the Tahoe Parents Nursery School/Lake Tahoe Community College Co-location Feasibility Study.

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