Guild School Saved from Closure

It was a a very happy new year for dozens of parents, children and workers who rallied to save an early childhood education program run by the Guild for Exceptional Children (GEC).

Slated for closure on January 23, 2015, the 40-year-old Carrie Mastronardi Early Childhood Education Program will now remain open for at least the remainder of the school year.

“The parties are close to reaching a solution that would keep the school funded in perpetuity,” said CSEA Contract Administration Specialist and former GEC worker Neil Kelly. “While we are pleased with the progress that has been made, we will not rest until a permanent solution is reached.”

The planned closure of the school would have been devastating for some 240 students, who would have needed to be placed in different schools in the middle of the school year. Over 80 educators and support staff would have also been laid-off. The school services a diverse population of special needs children in Mandarin, Cantonese and Spanish.

Parents of children at the Guild for Exceptional Children march to save their school

Parents of children at the Guild for Exceptional Children march to save their school