Group reverses closure stance

Editor's note: A coreection to this story, to remove reference to Summit School property being declared surplus, was made March 24 at 6:40 a.m.

Kimberly Rivers, Ojai Valley News correspondent

The Ojai Unified School District (OUSD) 7-11 Committee voted Thursday to recommend all of the District’s five elementary schools remain open, rescinding its March 3, six-to-five vote recommending Meiners Oaks Elementary School (MOES) be closed.

MOES has the highest percentage of Hispanic/Latino families among elementary schools in the OUSD. Nearly 30 percent of the MOES elementary student population identifies themselves as Spanish speaking.

“I make a motion to keep all (elementary) schools open,” said Andy Cantwell, assistant superintendent and committee member, near the end of Thursday’s public hearing. That motion was passed seven to four with Merv Van Auker, Steve Quilici, Glenn Fout and Chris Danch voting against.

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