Possible "interim uses" of the old Peninsula Day Care site on San Antonio Road will be discussed tonight by the Palo Alto Board of Education. (View the agenda)
The school district is under contract to purchase the 2.6-acre property, closing Nov. 1. The parcel backs up to Greendell School, which is contiguous with Cubberley Community Center. Herman Shaw, who operated Peninsula Day Care Center for 37 years, retired and closed the center in June.
"While there are many scenarios for school placement and facilities construction, it is clear that there will be a minimum of two years before construction on the 525 San Antonio Road property can commence," school Superintendent Kevin Skelly said.
Skelly said he is seeking direction from the board on possibilities for renting the space in the meantime.
The school district has been grappling with unexpectedly rapid enrollment growth, particularly in the elementary grades in the southern part of town.
While indicating more classrooms will be needed, the district has yet to articulate specific plans for the San Antonio site, the old Cubberley High School campus or the Garland School site, whose lease to a private school will terminate in June 2014.
However, the board tonight is expected to approve a $6.1 million "modernization and new construction" project that will add some capacity at Fairmeadow Elementary School.
In other business tonight, the board will hear a report on progress toward its stated goal of having 85 percent of district graduates meeting prerequisites for entrance to the University of California or California State University systems.
Among Palo Alto students who graduated this past June, 82 percent of Gunn graduates and 77 percent of Paly graduates had fulfilled the so-called "A-G requirements" for entrance into the state's four-year universities.
The board also will hear an update on pre-kindergarten programs at Greendell School, including Springboard to Kindergarten, which recently completed the second year of a three-year pilot underwritten by the Heising-Simons Foundation.
Ken Dauber, a parent in the school district who has lobbied for specific efforts to reduce academic stress, urged parents to come to tonight's meeting to push for early and frequent progress reports toward that goal.
Dauber posted to fellow members of the group he founded, We Can Do Better Palo Alto, that the scheduled April report on counseling and May report on homework policy are not soon enough.
The public segment of tonight's meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the board room of school district headquarters, 25 Churchill Ave.