The New Haven Unified School District has come to the assistance of a new Fremont private school that found itself desperate for classroom space at the start of the 2009-2010 school year.
Mission Hills Middle School opened last week in four classrooms on the campus of the former Barnard-White Middle School on Whipple Road. The school, which serves approximately 25 students, was left without a location in late August, after officials determined that the facility it had planned to lease was too close to a chemical plant.
“Although we would not normally rent to a private school, in this specific situation the needs of the District and the needs of the school seemed to be very complimentary,” Chief Business Officer Ted Hood said.
Barnard-White Middle School was closed in June 2008, as part of the District’s efforts to deal with the financial realities of declining enrollment. The campus served as a the temporary home of Cesar Chavez Middle School last year, while the CCMS campus on Hop Ranch Road was undergoing modernization.
The Board of Education last month asked District officials to create a task force to study possible future uses for the campus. The task force will meet for the first time later this month.
“This arrangement will provide the District with a presence at the site, help deter vandals, and will generate additional revenues for the District while the Barnard-White Task Force meets to determine recommendations to the Board,” Mr. Hood said.
New Haven and Mission Hills officials agreed to a 10-month lease, through June 2010.