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News - December 10, 2010

Councilwoman pushes school district on Cubberley

Queries reflect mounting pressure on district to decide on preserving site for a third high school or other use

by Chris Kenrick

Palo Alto City Council member Nancy Shepherd Wednesday sharply questioned school district officials about their plans for the old Cubberley High School site, highlighting mounting pressure on a decades-old pact between the city and school district relating to the 35-acre property.

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Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 11, 2010 at 9:37 am

I suspect this is a ploy to actually get the board to make some plans because at present they have no fixed plan or agenda with Cubberley. Hope it works out well.

Posted by Watching, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 11, 2010 at 3:36 pm

It's a bit of a problem. The City will have paid well over $200M to the PAUSD for rent on this site by the time the contract comes to an end. The City has been collecting rent, so it is not out $200M+, but the PAUSD has not been banking this money, so that it will have a nice nest egg to build with, should something like that come to pass. It has recklessly put this money into the general fund, and raised salaries with this money.

The idea of opening another high school is worrisome to all. Certainly with over 1,000 non-residents in the school system, there has been little visible planning for how these people's exit could change the demand for high schools in the future. There is also the impact of distance learning, and a shift e-books, and other digital teaching methodologies that also would likely have some sort of impact that would reduce the need for these huge high schools that are so expensive.

One possible solution would be to cap the number of students in the PAUSD, and the overflow would be assigned to other districts.

Posted by Remember the Utility Tax, a resident of College Terrace
on Dec 12, 2010 at 9:25 pm

Remember that the city agreed to send PAUSD revenue from the Utility tax when it was passed. That's where they get the money to pay the rent.

Posted by chris, a resident of University South
on Dec 12, 2010 at 11:13 pm

The city and the school district (not to mention the state) are facing serious budget issues in the coming years. The finamcial crisis has been upon us for 3 years now, but most of the adjustments so far have been cosmetic.

Why deal with a serious issue on a timely basis when you can play ostrich and stick your head in the ground?

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