A permit allowing Harbor College to use the former La Cresta Elementary School for adult education courses has been extended for a year by the City Council.
The community college, which has held self-improvement courses at the school since 1982, pays the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District $1,750 a month for its use. The district closed La Cresta in 1980 because of declining enrollment.
A city permit is required for adult education because the property, on the city's western boundary, is zoned for an elementary school.
Last year, the city blocked an attempt by the school district to use La Cresta for a continuation high school that it wants to move from the Rolling Hills High School campus. In response to a city suit, the Superior Court ruled that the district should have filed an environmental impact report before deciding to move the continuation school to La Cresta. An environmental impact report is being drafted and final adoption by the district is not expected until mid-August, according to Supt. Jack Price.
If the continuation school is moved to La Cresta, it is uncertain whether Harbor College would be allowed to continue using it.