More than 200 parents crowded into the cafeteria at Olive Elementary School on Monday evening to let Vista Unified School District officials know what they thought of plans to merge the school with Washington Middle School.
The move could save the district as much as $500,000 a year because of lower operating and staffing costs.
The parents were overwhelmingly against the proposal, which calls for combining the schools next fall and turning the Washington campus into a school for children from preschool to eighth grade.
Some parents circulated a petition asking the school board to keep Olive at it's current location, next door to Washington in central Vista. They said they plan to rally parents to attend the board meeting Thursday, when trustees will decide whether to move forward on the plan.