By Pinecrest Schools parent Giselijn Knight
How do you tell your children that the school they love is shutting down? We received a short letter this week from Pinecrest Schools, informing us that our school in Lancaster will be closing at the end of this school year. The school has been unable to renegotiate a lease for the campus and sees no other options than to close in only a few months, according to the letter. [Read it here.]
There was no warning, no attempt to involve parents or the community, nothing – just a short letter with devastating news and no apparent way out.
For us, it means that our children’s education is going to drastically change. For the children, it means they will need to leave behind the place they trust, the place that has given them security and friends for a large part of their lives. For the staff and teachers, it means they are out of a job.
Our children are heartbroken. If we can’t find a way to keep the school going, the students will have to go to another school and get used to a completely new environment. For some children, this happens only a few times in their lives. However, a lot of Pinecrest students belong to military parents, who must move every few years. Trying to minimize change in your child’s life is difficult enough without schools deciding to close their doors.
Pinecrest is a great school. It was even voted “Best Private School” in the Antelope Valley this year.
At Pinecrest Schools’ Lancaster campus, there are wonderful students who want to learn, great teachers and staff who desperately want to teach, and parents who want to help in any way we can.
When everyone is so eager to create a great environment for children to learn and develop, how can it be possible that the only solution is to shut down that very location where all the learning takes place?
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Editor’s note: Knight is one of many concerned parents rallying to keep the Pinecrest Lancaster campus open. Other parents have created Facebook and Twitter pages to raise public awareness about the school’s closure and to organize an effort stop it.To support this effort, visit www.facebook.com/savepinecrest or https://twitter.com/savepinecrest.