Neighborhood representatives in northeast Mountain View are prepared to lay out several proposals at the next Mountain View Whisman School Board meeting, requesting that trustees to consider reopening the Whisman and Slater elementary schools, which were closed several years ago.
Jessica Gandhi, president of the North Whisman Neighborhood Association, said she is asking residents in the area between Route 85, Route 237 and Highway 101 to come to the school board meeting to show their support for a neighborhood school. Gandhi said the board members have not talked about the details for reopening the schools and have not done the research, citing a lack of public support. Gandhi said she hopes the turnout is high at the board meeting so they can prove the public support exists.
Since the closure of Slater in 2006, there have been no public schools in the northeastern area of the city.
Greg Coladonato, a Mountain View resident in favor of re-opening the campuses, said their goal is to persuade the superintendent and board members to research the proposals.
The Mountain View Whisman School District board meeting starts at 6 p.m. at 750-A San Pierre Way on Thursday, April 17.
Athena award winners
The Mountain View Chamber of Commerce will be presenting ATHENA awards to Mountain View residents Jessica Nowaski and Davida Brooks on Thursday, April 17, at an awards ceremony and luncheon.
ATHENA International, an international non-profit organization dedicated to supporting female leaders, has been presenting ATHENA awards since 1982 to women who work to improve the lives of others in their communities and assist women in realizing their leadership potential.
Nowaski is a captain in the Mountain View Police Department, and the recipient of the 23rd annual ATHENA award. Brooks, a marketing coordinator at Sum of All Numbers, will be presented with the chamber's fifth ATHENA Young Professionals award.
With the help of sponsors, the chamber is granting $15,000 in scholarships to 12 students from De Anza College, Foothill College and the Mountain View-Los Altos High School District.
The recipients of their SOAR scholarship are: Guadalupe Berrospe, Andres Cuenca, Jessica Fernandez, Luis Gonzalez, Dafne Hernandez, Trang Le, Marco Martinez, Rose Martinez, Stephanie Yau and Binh Nguyen.
Tickets for the awards luncheon are available for $25 for Mountain View Chamber of Commerce members and $35 for the public. They can be purchased online at chambermv.org through the "Upcoming Events" sidebar on the page.