Trustees of the San Diego Unified School District decided to replace the 364-student Innovations Academy charter school on Scripps Poway Parkway with the Monarch apartment complex. The apartments are expected to generate $425,000 a year for the school district for the next 66 years.
Dozens of students and their parents from Innovations Academy attended the meeting in hopes of convincing the board to save their school. They carried signs saying "Schooll property for kids not developers" and "Your job is to provide high quality education NOT to destroy high quality schools!!!"
Other opponents of the board's action included residents who live near the school. They spoke against the development, arguing that a large apartment complex was incompatible with their quiet bedroom community. Some residents told FOX 5 that they are now looking into the possibility of litigation to stop the project.