A group of Atwater Village residents raised $15,000 last month during a last-minute campaign to try and keep the library open at Atwater Elementary. The money came in form of $1 and $5 donations accompanied by inspirational notes as well as a $1,000 contribution from an Atwater theater complex. One Atwater resident set up an online donation fund and others approached the neighborhood council for help to offset school district budget cuts for library aides. But even with the money now in hand, it might take several more weeks before a library aide can be hired to open the doors of the school library, which closed after Sept. 23.
Shelli-Anne Couch, head of the Friends of Atwater Elementary, which spearheaded the fundraiser, explains the hold up:
Now we’re in paperwork limbo, awaiting LAUSD to lift a freeze on their hiring process, estimated to be greenlit by mid-November. It’s unlikely that we will receive the same library aide back again, as she has been reassigned to another school.
Stay tuned to find out when the school district gets around to hiring that Atwater library aide.