Montessori Charter School will Open in Vacant El Dorado Hills Campus Despite Opposition

[Sacramento Bee]

A Montessori charter school will open in a vacant El Dorado Hills campus despite opposition from a number of parents in the Blackstone neighborhood who held out hope that a traditional elementary program would open at the site.

Buckeye Union School District trustees voted unanimously Wednesday night to allow Charter Montessori to open next year at the Valley View Elementary campus in a controversial move that drew an opposing petition with more than 700 signatures.

For the last four years, Valley View Elementary has remained vacant after development dried up during the recession in the surrounding neighborhood south of Highway 50. The district said that left Valley View perennially shy of enough families to operate a school that needs at least 150 students to open.

Since July 2013, Buckeye district offices have operated in a wing of the campus, said...