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Council OKs 18-month lease for school

The Sonoma City Council had two thorny issues to tackle Monday night, with the first – a vote to grant Valley of the Moon Nursery School an 18-month lease – drawing dozens of concerned citizens to the Community Meeting Room.

Those citizens were the operators, parents of students, former parents of students or, in at least one case, former students of the nursery school, located in a city-owned building at 136 Mission Terrace.

Originally placed on the consent calendar, the item to approve an 18-month lease was pulled for discussion after school treasurer Robyn Lely stepped forward to air some grievances.

Lely said the city’s proposed year-and-a-half lease puts the school in an unstable position, and he asked them to consider a five-year lease instead.

“Do we have to go through all this over again after 18 months?” he asked council members. “Would you, as a parent, want to register your child at a school that is ‘on borrowed time’?”

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