Hundreds of students in Ventura County returned to school after the holiday weekend today, but at a different campus than they attended last week.
The more than 200 students from Simi Elementary School, in Simi Valley are now attending classes on the Mountain View Elementary School campus. Simi Elementary was closed last week, after an inspection in January prompted a number of safety concerns over issues like old sewage, and gas lines.
Mountain View had a number of empty classroom on its campus, so the Simi Valley School District in effect moved Simi Elementary operations to the other campus. They will continue to function as two schools in the shared space.
The Simi Valley School Board now has to decide whether it will use bond money to make what could be several million dollars in repairs, and improvements to the historic Simi campus. Complicating the decision making process is the fact that a district committee had recommended that the financially squeezed district close three campuses with light enrollment to save money, but trustees decided against it.