The Montessori program currently operates at St Paul’s Cathedral with about 75 children, and would like to double its enrollment at Washington School. The property costs 150-thousand dollars.
Second District Peoria City Councilman Chuck Grayeb is also a retired school administrator. He says the commitment of Montessori stands to make it a stable community anchor:
“I believe it will be a good fit. I believe they have the financial heft to do it. And I believe they are relishing the opportunity to be in one of our city’s historic districts.”
The Montessori program plans to rent studio space to like minded endeavors on the upper floors. The Peoria City Council votes on the Montessori agreement in two weeks. It also needs District 150 School Board approval.
The Montessori Children’s House would hold class at Washington School starting in fall 2015.