New Monterey looks to be following in the footsteps of P.G. when it comes to fewer children in the population.
It was a bittersweet day at Bay View, which closed Wednesday after 103 years in operation. Monterey Peninsula Unified District officials decided to close the high-performing school in 2009, partially to offset shrinking resources and partially to establish a K-5 and 6-8 middle schools configuration throughout the district. Bay View was K-6, and officials said it would not have enough students to make the small campus viable.
Students write goodbyes to the teacher on the board. They take photos of each other, the principal and the teachers, saying they don’t want to leave. But when 12:45 p.m. strikes, the halls become inundated with the banter of children as they leave Bay View for the last time.