Parents and students protest halt to Cardiff school construction
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Cardiff Elementary School students, parents and neighbors marched Wednesday to call for the end of a lawsuit against the school that is stalling on-campus construction.
A lawsuit by a few residents has halted all construction of Cardiff Elementary resulting in the parents and other community members having to cover the bill for the stalled construction and legal fees.
The District began construction in June, tearing down 60 to 70-year-old buildings to make room for new ones. The project is being paid for by a $22 million voter-approved bond from 2016.
Students are in temporary accommodations during the construction, which were only supposed to last a year.
Protesters lined the sidewalks outside of the school holding signs reading “BUILD OUR SCHOOL!” in order to prompt the individuals withholding the funds to drop the lawsuit, which was filed by a group called Save the Park & Build the School.
They allege that the District had an inadequate environmental impact report, which a judge agreed with. They also say the plan goes beyond what was initially approved in the measure.
The District intends to ask the Court to reconsider its decision.