As the school year takes off, the Six Rivers Montessori website will become more complete with information and functionality. When fully functional, our site will contain weekly updates related to our school as well as information of interest regarding Montessori education. In the meantime please be patient as we bring all these elements together.
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The Non-Profit Committee just released the second draft of our school’s Bylaws. Bylaws are a legal requirement which is largely “boiler plate” and essentially lays down the rules and process we must abide in order to qualify and maintain tax exemption with the IRS.
Since our bylaws are a work in progress it can be found by currently enrolled families via password by clicking here. Once our bylaws are approved and filed they will become public.
On April 6th, after much discussion and consideration, 1222 Hallen was chosen by the school board for our new site starting Fall 2012. Next steps are to continue with inspections and permitting with the City of Arcata. All is expected to go well. The length of escrow is not yet known.
Parents and staff are already brainstorming about garden plans. Urban gardening is not our idea of a farm school, however, with our current age group there is remarkable potential for both conventional and non-conventional gardens that will help us grow into our farm school vision. In the meantime (2-3 years), we have a spacious building where our classroom and our Montessori program will bloom with the same kind of excellence as our first two years.
The process of site selection has been lead by the research and location efforts of a four person Site Committee in cooridination with the school’s five member Board of Trustees.
Selecting and obtaining a new location for a school is an incredibly challenging process. Very little land is zoned as “public facility” and just about every location outside of this special zoning requires a “special use permit” or some such adaptation to local zoning which typically includes neighbor approval, traffic studies and so forth, all things that add significant cost and time to the process.
Schools are generally not allowed in commercially zoned locations nor on land that is zoned for agriculture. What is a school to do that wants to farm? And just not any school but a Montessori farm school that’s independent and non-profit (not a charter, church, nor publicly funded school). By the way, Charter schools can circumvent local zoning (a state law gives them this power) and churches have special privileges too. It’s not a coincidence that many private schools either rent from or are operated by churches. Therefore, the majority of our current and short term options are church related as well.