Parents are angry about the International Montessori School's decision to move its kindergarten from Wan Chai to Ap Lei Chau this September, saying the news came as a shock when it was announced only two weeks before the end of term. In a letter to school management, parents said the kindergarten's relocation 'took parents by surprise and damaged the relationship between parents and management'. 'The suddenness of the move created a great deal of anger and anxiety as well as a sense of disenfranchisement,' the letter said. The school decided to move its kindergarten to Ap Lei Chau after the rent on its Wan Chai site was more than doubled. Its elementary section, which moved to a vacant primary school at Morrison Hill after flooding last year, will remain at its present site. Mari Hille, a parent at the school, said the move would increase travel time for some children. 'We felt that the school management should have told us earlier. It would just help the parents, the kids, on what their other options are,' she said. She had heard that a few parents were trying to find alternatives for their children. Ms Hille said the school management should have consulted more with parents. 'I think a lot of it is being a lot more open, trusting us that we're not going to be emotional,' she said. 'I think if it's put on the table early there's enough of us to give that extra hand and support them.' School manager Anne Sawyer said management had been given the impression that the lease would continue at a reasonable rate. 'We did not have more notice than when we told the parents,' she said. 'We were expecting that it would continue on.' She acknowledged that the move was disturbing and said she was 'equally upset', but the school was fortunate to find an alternative property. She said she had not seen a better school site during her many years in the city. 'The unfortunate thing is it's on the south side of Hong Kong Island,' she said. But Ms Sawyer said the new location had an option for a long lease. 'We're in negotiations with the government to try to get a school site so we're never in the situation again,' she said, adding that they hoped to eventually find a site that would house the entire school.