The main classroom at La Casita Verde preschool at the base of Mount Washington is so noisy that sound levels exceed federal standards, preventing the school from qualifying for Head Start funds. The school, as The Eastsider reported back in September, raised funds to conduct a $5,000 acoustical analysis to study the problem. With that done, the school now needs to raise as much as$30,000 to make structural changes to cut down on the noise reverberating across the high-ceiling room, said Pat Griffith, chair of the Mount Washington Preschools, which operates La Casita Verde. “We do know we will not be able to reduce the noise sufficiently with a simple fix,” Griffith said in an email. “We think it will be a false ceiling to meet the Head Start criteria.”
Griffith said the Head Start funds are needed to offset expected cuts in state subsidies that are used by low-income families to pay the school fees. Anyone interested in donating to the noise-reduction project can donate via PayPal on the Mount Washington Preschools website.