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Thursday, September 29, 2016

The reopening of an Atwater school library faces another challenge: L.A. Unified paperwork

Photo from Atwater Elementary website

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.



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  1. If you would like to have the former Library Aide reassigned to your school have her put in a request for reassignment and the principal put in a request for her return.

    Congratulation to everyone for placing such incredible importance on one of the best educational resources in the school – the library and a trained librarian.

  2. Thanks Franny – yes we’ve requested the return of our original library aide, plus our principal Mr Smith is pulling for her also. Eagerly awaiting an official re-opening date which we’ll share with you as soon as it comes to hand. Thanks again for your wondrous support.

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