I would like to alert everyone to the latest proposal by the AAAG, to move the southern area of the present Palo Verde school boundaries (probably South of Clara or Colorado) into the proposed new site at Garland, next door to Jordan presently used by Stratford School. This is not acceptable for safety and traffic reasons. The Southgate neighbourhood made a big noise and the latest scenario keeps them at Walter Hays, but it would involve the southern area of Palo Verde having to cross a six lane major thoroughfare where cars are leaving highway conditions and readjusting to surface driving and surface speeds. ELEMENTARY KIDS, who presently are able to walk or bike pleasant neighbourhood streets to Palo Verde, SHOULD NOT BE EXPECTED TO CROSS AN EXPRESSWAY TO SCHOOL. It is not called an Expressway for nothing. An alternative would be to make Ohlone a neighbourhood school and move their programme to Garland. This would be equally unacceptable as those who are presently in the Duvenick area would then have to cross Oregon to go to the Ohlone site. This is equally unacceptable. ELEMENTARY KIDS SHOULD NOT BE EXPECTED TO CROSS AN EXPRESSWAY TO SCHOOL.
This proposal would make traffic nightmares at all the intersections along Oregon which are pretty congested at present in the commute hour.
If you live in the affected areas, please email the Board members your feelings on this matter. There is not much time as the AAAG meets for a debriefing this evening at 5.00 in the Board Room. The public can attend this meeting and can come along with signs saying that elementary kids should not cross expressways.
Carol - Palo Verde AAAG rep.