The Fountain Valley School District's board room filled nearly to capacity Thursday night as parents, students and graduates of Fred Moiola K-8 School urged the district to stop the campus from closing.
More than a dozen speakers took the microphone to protest the recommendation by the School Boundary & Closure Committee to shutter Moiola at the end of the school year. The committee in August recommended cutting Moiola to save the district about $375,000 annually.
The speakers, who often drew loud applause from their peers, stressed to the trustees that the school amounted to more than numbers on a page. Some said the school's K-8 structure, unique in the district, enabled children to more easily make the transition to adolescence.
Hannah Holbrook, a junior at Fountain Valley High School, said the nurturing she got from Moiola teachers prepared her to thrive at her current school, where she pole vaults and writes for the student newspaper.