I would like to correct the misinformation contained in Dave Miller’s commentary in Tuesday’s Enterprise about the Montessori program at Birch Lane Elementary School. I was president of the Davis school board when the Montessori program began at Birch Lane.
The $24,000 that Dave mentioned was the initial cost of the Montessori equipment for three classrooms. It is not a recurring cost, and, in fact, the Montessori classrooms at Birch Lane do not receive any extra funding from the school district. They receive the same district support as any other classroom.
Yes, the wooden Montessori equipment is beautiful, and there is an initial cost to buy the equipment, but the equipment is so sturdy and well-built that it will last for many, many years.