After almost a year of campaigning for donations, parents and teachers at the Mountain View Parent Nursery School said they finally have the money to relocate the 45-year-old preschool to a new spot across the street.
As of Thursday, April 9, the preschool raised the $380,000 needed to move from the Mountain View High School campus to an empty lot next to Oak Elementary School and adjacent to the Foothill Covenant Church, according to Claire Koukoutsakis, the school's director. The move was prompted by the Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District's desire to use the land for expanding school programs.
Koukoutsakis said they're still waiting for building permits from the city of Los Altos before they can begin construction, which they're hoping will happen by the end of the month. The plan is to have it finished and opened up by September.
"We're all anxiously waiting," Koukoutsakis said.
The Mountain View Parent Nursery School bounced from location to location before it ended up on the high school campus, nestled behind the district's Freestyle Academy and next to the softball field. There, families were able to pitch in and help build a log cabin, a performance stage and a track for kids to ride bikes.
The preschool originally needed to raise $200,000, but that nearly doubled to $380,000 after an expected "line of credit" fell through, according to teacher Marie Faust Evitt. Current and former preschool parents organized the Kickstarter-like campaign for funds, appealing to multiple generations of parents and students going back to the 1970s.
Koukoutsakis pledged to dye her hair blue once the $380,000 goal was reached, but the date for that has yet to be decided.
Because enrollment is expected to grow by as much as 20 percent in the next five years, the district has made it clear they need that parcel of land for program expansion, including a new place for the district's career technical education program.
District officials worked closely with the preschool for a smooth transition and allowed the school to stay an extra year to allow for fundraising and laying down the groundwork for plumbing and electrical utilities at the new location.