After more than half a century, Prospect Park Co-op Nursery School to move to Longfellow

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The Prospect Park Cooperative Nursery School board voted to lease space that is available immediately and move to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in the Longfellow neighborhood. The lease was signed July 6. The vote was made at its regular meeting, the day after the Prospect Park neighborhood association adopted a letter urging the school to stay at least a year at its present location.

“It’s been a difficult and very emotional couple of months. The decision was not made lightly. But, it was good, considering the options,” Amy Boese, co-chair of the nursery school board, said in an interview the day the lease was signed.

PPERRIA voted in May to offer to mediate a meeting between the nursery school and Prospect Park United Methodist Church about the school’s lease at the church. The school’s board of directors met with church representatives without PPERRIA mediation. Later, the church offered to extend the school’s lease for another year.

The non-profit parent-owned and managed nursery school has been located in the Prospect Park church building since 1957. The school was founded in 1948. It is considered the second oldest co-op nursery in the country. Current enrollment is about 25 children, ages 3 to 5.

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