For the past two weeks I have thought often of writing this post and simply have not been able to bring myself to do it, but today is the day: It is with great sadness that I must announce that Humboldt Park Montessori School is not able to open its doors for this school year. Though we spent the entire summer diving deep into the licensing process for our school, we finally came to an insurmountable wall involving the building we were leasing.
Without going into a lot of details, the building we were leasing simply was not suitable to meet all the necessary city and state codes required for licensing. In this past week we have moved out of the building and returned all prepaid tuition.
However, we are not giving up. We are taking this year to do more research, more planning, and more preparing in order to create an even better program for the 2014-2015 school year. We are on the hunt for a building that will meet all the necessary requirements. We are working with key community members to help develop a public Montessori school in the neighborhood. We are doing some serious fundraising.
Because Humboldt Park needs Montessori education. Our children need great education and parental support right from the start. There are an estimated 6,258 children in Humboldt Park needing early education or childcare and only 2,000 slots available for those children in programs like Head Start.
Every day as I'm walking and driving around my neighborhood I keep envisioning the school and the children and families that will one day walk through our doors and develop their minds in our classrooms. Myself, our board of directors, the committed families, and many volunteers will continue dreaming and working.
To all those wonderful people who are building this school, I want to say THANK YOU. I couldn't even begin to list the names of all the folks who have painted, moved furniture, refinished furniture, and scraped and scrubbed. What an incredible gift you have given our school. I am forever grateful.