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Noe Valley nursery school finds new home

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Noe Valley parents are breathing easier now that the neighborhood’s 40-year-old co-op nursery school has found a new home about 10 blocks away from its current location.

Threatened with closure due to its current 1021 Sanchez St. location undergoing major renovations soon, the Noe Valley Nursery School recently entered into a five-year lease with the Recreation and Park -Department.

The Christopher Clubhouse on Diamond Heights Boulevard will be a preschool on weekdays and an event venue on weekends starting in August, for about $2,200 a month.

It was previously used only on weekends, according to Rec and Park.

Supervisor Bevan Dufty, whose district includes the neighborhood, is supportive of the move.

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“It hasn’t been active for years,” Dufty said of the program. “It’s a very unique program at an -incredibly low cost because the parents are involved … and a lot of parents are very pleased.”

Started by a group of parents in 1969, the preschool for kids age 2 and older runs from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and requires each child’s parent to teach at least one class a week. The school is usually closed during summer, but its agreement would allow for classes then.

Commissioner Michael Sullivan said it’s a good use of the facility, especially considering it’s currently underutilized.

Following a community meeting regarding the change, Dufty said one of the only contentions was that one of the two public bathrooms would be closed and used only by the preschool while the other would become unisex. He also said there were concerns about aesthetics of the fence along the back patio that secures the area.

“There’s always something,” Dufty said. “Nothing comes easy.”

kkelkar@sfexaminer.com

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