VENTURA — School board members Tuesday got their first look at a proposal to use the long-shuttered Washington School for educational programs or district offices, and they got an offer from neighbors of the midtown campus to help put the facility to good use.
In previewing a recommendation that will come before them in a few weeks, trustees with the Ventura Unified School District also heard about plans to shore up the 1920s-era school, making it safer and less of an eyesore while planners study potential uses for the site.
"I think this is a very important step we are taking, especially for the midtown people who have been concerned about the property," trustee John Walker said. "I see this as a very positive step. The school district can retain ownership, yet we can return it to the community in some fashion."
The recommendation culminates a yearlong push by neighborhood residents to preserve the 72-year-old institution, closed in 1983 because of structural problems and declining enrollment.