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Parents express displeasure with plans to relocate Palo Verde to Cubberley during construction, but board moves forward

School board votes unanimously to reserve 20 acres for a new school at Cubberley while also making improvements to the infrastructure

The "totem," from the former Ellwood P. Cubberley High School. Embacadero Media file photo by Veronica Weber.

Plans to move Palo Verde and Hoover elementary schools to Cubberley Community Center and the adjacent Greendell site while their campuses are under construction moved ahead at Tuesday's meeting of the Palo Alto Unified School District's Board of Education, though some parents expressed strong concerns about the idea.

Palo Verde parents spoke out at the meeting against temporarily relocating their school — and some board members said they wished there had been more time for community input — even as the board unanimously signed off on beginning to design the temporary campus.

At Tuesday's meeting, the board also approved new long-term site goals for Cubberley, which include setting aside at least 20 acres for a theoretical future school, as well as approving the start of the design process for Hoover's new campus.

The board also heard an update on infrastructure repairs that are planned for Cubberley, although no formal vote was taken on that item.

Cubberley is a rundown 35-acre campus on Middlefield Road in south Palo Alto that was once a high school. The district owns 27 acres of the site, with the city of Palo Alto owning the remainder. Both the city and school district operate programs on the site, with the city leasing land from the district to run a community center on the property. Adjacent to Cubberley is Greendell, which the district owns.

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The future of Cubberley, whose buildings have fallen into disrepair, has long been a source of public debate and disagreement. The city has expressed interest in jointly redeveloping the property to include a new community center, potential school and even housing, while the district has said it wants to retain enough land so that eventually constructing a new school on the site remains feasible.

Temporary campus at Cubberley rankles parents

Students from the ACME Learning Center head to their afternoon classrooms at Cubberley Community School in Palo Alto. Embarcadero Media file photo by Veronica Weber.

In the short term, Palo Alto Unified plans to use parts of Cubberley and Greendell as a temporary campus while Palo Verde and Hoover are renovated. The plan is for Palo Verde to move to the site next school year, with Hoover there for the two following years.

The timeline will require the district to move quickly and some parents have objected to the board not seeking their input before going ahead with the project.

"Obviously, I'm deeply concerned by the way this rushed decision was made unilaterally by the board with very little if any community involvement, aside from the procedural mechanisms," parent Niels Melius said at Tuesday's meeting.

Melius added that the board's initial discussion about relocating Palo Verde was functionally a "minor footnote" on the agenda for the Oct. 19 meeting, when the board considered various facility plans as part of a single agenda item.

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"Making this move and voting on it by the board before you had received any community feedback in any forum that was open to the Palo Verde community is absurd," parent Tamara Gracon said. "All of the parents at the school are livid, quite honestly."

Of particular concern to parents was the idea of having students take their classes in a parking lot. The current layout would involve putting portable buildings in a parking lot on the site for fourth and fifth graders to use. Kindergarteners through third graders would have their classes in existing portable and traditional classrooms at Greendell.

To make room for the temporary school site, the district's adult education program would move from Greendell to buildings at Cubberley, and other district programs that are currently at Greendell, such as the transitional kindergarten program, would be consolidated into fewer rooms.

Board members acknowledged that moving Palo Verde and Hoover to Cubberley during campus construction would cause disruptions for families, but nonetheless voted 5-0 to approve designing the temporary school site, which is expected to cost $350,000, paid for with the district's 2018 Measure Z bond. The total cost of the temporary campus project is expected to be $2.3 million, although that could change once the design is finalized.

Board member Jesse Ladomirak said that families were correct to say the decision to relocate Palo Verde was made "quickly and without community input," and said that she believes Palo Verde families should be involved in discussions about how to mitigate the impacts of the move.

"The time constraints meant that this decision was made quickly before most people even knew it was being considered," Ladomirak said. "I get it. I understand why people feel blindsided."

At the same time, she said the decision to move Palo Verde needed to be made by experts, adding that the district's team has the experience and granular knowledge of the project to weigh why it's the right decision.

At the Oct. 19 board meeting, Director of Facilities and Construction Eric Holm told the board that by moving students off of Palo Verde's campus during construction, the project would take one school year, rather than two and a half.

Board member Todd Collins expressed displeasure at the Nov. 2 meeting with the way that the plans to use Cubberley as a temporary campus have transpired.

"The rushed process and the lack of community input was disappointing," Collins said. "It's not typical of the way we've made decisions in the past."

Other board decisions about Cubberley

A view of Cubberley Community Center from the athletic fields. Embarcadero Media file photo by Veronica Weber.

Board members on Nov. 2 also voted unanimously to approve designing Hoover's new permanent campus. The district intends to demolish the existing buildings at Hoover and then reconfigure and redesign the campus. The total project is expected to cost $73 million and to be completed during the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 school years.

As part of the same vote to move ahead with Hoover's rebuild, the board also approved revising its long-term goals for Cubberley. The board is now explicitly prioritizing retention of at least 20 acres of the land for a potential future school site and removing previous goals that called for moving the district office to Cubberley and building staff housing on the land.

The board did not discuss the Hoover redesign and Cubberley site goals at Tuesday's meeting, except to take the formal vote. The discussion took place at the prior Oct. 19 meeting, at which board members supported both projects.

Although the district wants to retain at least 20 acres for a future school, any actual plans about what to build there are still likely decades away, board and administrators have said. The remaining land that the district owns could now potentially be transferred to the city for use as a future community center, although no formal plans have been announced.

The board also heard plans Tuesday to spend roughly $200,000 in Measure A funds to do infrastructure repairs to Cubberley's existing buildings. These include fixing power issues and repaving a courtyard that has been disrupted by tree roots. The board is expected to take a formal vote on the work at a future meeting.

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Parents express displeasure with plans to relocate Palo Verde to Cubberley during construction, but board moves forward

School board votes unanimously to reserve 20 acres for a new school at Cubberley while also making improvements to the infrastructure

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Uploaded: Wed, Nov 3, 2021, 9:52 am
Updated: Wed, Nov 3, 2021, 7:35 pm

Plans to move Palo Verde and Hoover elementary schools to Cubberley Community Center and the adjacent Greendell site while their campuses are under construction moved ahead at Tuesday's meeting of the Palo Alto Unified School District's Board of Education, though some parents expressed strong concerns about the idea.

Palo Verde parents spoke out at the meeting against temporarily relocating their school — and some board members said they wished there had been more time for community input — even as the board unanimously signed off on beginning to design the temporary campus.

At Tuesday's meeting, the board also approved new long-term site goals for Cubberley, which include setting aside at least 20 acres for a theoretical future school, as well as approving the start of the design process for Hoover's new campus.

The board also heard an update on infrastructure repairs that are planned for Cubberley, although no formal vote was taken on that item.

Cubberley is a rundown 35-acre campus on Middlefield Road in south Palo Alto that was once a high school. The district owns 27 acres of the site, with the city of Palo Alto owning the remainder. Both the city and school district operate programs on the site, with the city leasing land from the district to run a community center on the property. Adjacent to Cubberley is Greendell, which the district owns.

The future of Cubberley, whose buildings have fallen into disrepair, has long been a source of public debate and disagreement. The city has expressed interest in jointly redeveloping the property to include a new community center, potential school and even housing, while the district has said it wants to retain enough land so that eventually constructing a new school on the site remains feasible.

In the short term, Palo Alto Unified plans to use parts of Cubberley and Greendell as a temporary campus while Palo Verde and Hoover are renovated. The plan is for Palo Verde to move to the site next school year, with Hoover there for the two following years.

The timeline will require the district to move quickly and some parents have objected to the board not seeking their input before going ahead with the project.

"Obviously, I'm deeply concerned by the way this rushed decision was made unilaterally by the board with very little if any community involvement, aside from the procedural mechanisms," parent Niels Melius said at Tuesday's meeting.

Melius added that the board's initial discussion about relocating Palo Verde was functionally a "minor footnote" on the agenda for the Oct. 19 meeting, when the board considered various facility plans as part of a single agenda item.

"Making this move and voting on it by the board before you had received any community feedback in any forum that was open to the Palo Verde community is absurd," parent Tamara Gracon said. "All of the parents at the school are livid, quite honestly."

Of particular concern to parents was the idea of having students take their classes in a parking lot. The current layout would involve putting portable buildings in a parking lot on the site for fourth and fifth graders to use. Kindergarteners through third graders would have their classes in existing portable and traditional classrooms at Greendell.

To make room for the temporary school site, the district's adult education program would move from Greendell to buildings at Cubberley, and other district programs that are currently at Greendell, such as the transitional kindergarten program, would be consolidated into fewer rooms.

Board members acknowledged that moving Palo Verde and Hoover to Cubberley during campus construction would cause disruptions for families, but nonetheless voted 5-0 to approve designing the temporary school site, which is expected to cost $350,000, paid for with the district's 2018 Measure Z bond. The total cost of the temporary campus project is expected to be $2.3 million, although that could change once the design is finalized.

Board member Jesse Ladomirak said that families were correct to say the decision to relocate Palo Verde was made "quickly and without community input," and said that she believes Palo Verde families should be involved in discussions about how to mitigate the impacts of the move.

"The time constraints meant that this decision was made quickly before most people even knew it was being considered," Ladomirak said. "I get it. I understand why people feel blindsided."

At the same time, she said the decision to move Palo Verde needed to be made by experts, adding that the district's team has the experience and granular knowledge of the project to weigh why it's the right decision.

At the Oct. 19 board meeting, Director of Facilities and Construction Eric Holm told the board that by moving students off of Palo Verde's campus during construction, the project would take one school year, rather than two and a half.

Board member Todd Collins expressed displeasure at the Nov. 2 meeting with the way that the plans to use Cubberley as a temporary campus have transpired.

"The rushed process and the lack of community input was disappointing," Collins said. "It's not typical of the way we've made decisions in the past."

Board members on Nov. 2 also voted unanimously to approve designing Hoover's new permanent campus. The district intends to demolish the existing buildings at Hoover and then reconfigure and redesign the campus. The total project is expected to cost $73 million and to be completed during the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 school years.

As part of the same vote to move ahead with Hoover's rebuild, the board also approved revising its long-term goals for Cubberley. The board is now explicitly prioritizing retention of at least 20 acres of the land for a potential future school site and removing previous goals that called for moving the district office to Cubberley and building staff housing on the land.

The board did not discuss the Hoover redesign and Cubberley site goals at Tuesday's meeting, except to take the formal vote. The discussion took place at the prior Oct. 19 meeting, at which board members supported both projects.

Although the district wants to retain at least 20 acres for a future school, any actual plans about what to build there are still likely decades away, board and administrators have said. The remaining land that the district owns could now potentially be transferred to the city for use as a future community center, although no formal plans have been announced.

The board also heard plans Tuesday to spend roughly $200,000 in Measure A funds to do infrastructure repairs to Cubberley's existing buildings. These include fixing power issues and repaving a courtyard that has been disrupted by tree roots. The board is expected to take a formal vote on the work at a future meeting.

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William Hitchens
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Mountain View
on Nov 3, 2021 at 10:34 am
William Hitchens, Mountain View
Registered user
on Nov 3, 2021 at 10:34 am

Building new housing and also retaining least 20 acres of the land for a potential future school site are mutually incompatible. This once was a school. Let it remain a school. In the past (the 80's?), the School District mistakenly closed a few schools and sold the land for housing during a temporary downturn in enrollment. This must not happen again. School land is too valuable for existing future expansion. Also, the last time I was there, there only were two bathrooms, and both were trashed and barely usable. Rebuilding those bathrooms plus maybe adding another pair should be an extremely high priority if it hasn't be done already.


side splitting
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Midtown
on Nov 3, 2021 at 10:56 am
side splitting, Midtown
Registered user
on Nov 3, 2021 at 10:56 am

The nonsense of PAUSD never goes away.
I keep reading this article and am dumbfounded at our school board. Does Ladromirack even listen to what she are saying?....why did they vote to approve based upon their comments??

" Board member Jesse Ladomirak said that families were correct to say the decision to relocate Palo Verde was made "quickly and without community input,"

"The time constraints meant that this decision was made quickly before most people even knew it was being considered," Ladomirak said. "I get it. I understand why people feel blindsided."

I do not think the community has true experts working on this decision clearly the PAUSD community is not being well represented by the BOE and our board reps have no backbone.

Collins - "The rushed process and the lack of community input was disappointing," Collins said. "It's not typical of the way we've made decisions in the past." - They why vote in favor?

Disappointing.


Bil
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Fairmeadow
on Nov 3, 2021 at 11:37 am
Bil, Fairmeadow
Registered user
on Nov 3, 2021 at 11:37 am

"rundown", "buildings fallen into disrepair" sounds like the writer of this article is more than a little prejudiced. Maybe if periodic maintenance and TLC could be applied it would bring Cubberley up to standards. Or we can decide to spend $150 million or so tearing down and rebuilding an entirely new school. But hey, it's only public funds so just open the spigot...


N. Melius
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Palo Verde
on Nov 3, 2021 at 12:19 pm
N. Melius, Palo Verde
Registered user
on Nov 3, 2021 at 12:19 pm

I was one of the parents quoted in this article, and on behalf of the Palo Verde community, we appreciate the Weekly's coverage of this critical issue in our families' lives. This website's coverage on 10/20 was the first place we learned of this tragic decision, after it was already settled in the Board's minds without any community involvement. There are so many flaws in this plan; it has to be altered:

1.) Students have already suffered enough during the pandemic (which has affected three school years); this new plan is an unnecessary disruption to a cohort of children who are perfectly happy in an adequate facility at Palo Verde (which can be renovated in segments over time, as originally planned).
2.) As stated at the hearing, and conceded by several Board members, this decision was unacceptably rushed (without any community involvement) by a Superintendent, District Staff, and Board who have run out of patience for parental concerns in the age of COVID-19. I thank Member Collins for his strong words condemning this process.
3.) The current plan for the temporary school is makeshift, unintelligent, and unsafe. The leading "option" for 4th and 5th graders will borrow used portables from elsewhere, place those portables on a decrepit, searing parking lot abutting the heavily-trafficked Middlefield Road, far from the rest of of the school and even farther from any fields that would be a viable option for recess. And the Board proposes to pull all of this off in a matter of months during a global supply shortage.
4.) The putative benefits of shuttering Palo Verde for "just one school year" are likely to prove illusory. Construction projects in Palo Alto have been known to linger.

On behalf of the numerous families who are now forced to choose between this sub-optimal plan, intra-District transfer, private school, and relocating, we urge the Superintendent, Board and District to reconsider this ill-advised plan.


Consider Your Options.
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Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 3, 2021 at 12:25 pm
Consider Your Options. , Another Palo Alto neighborhood
Registered user
on Nov 3, 2021 at 12:25 pm

This is a rushed decision with lots of moving parts that the district staff has not even begun to consider yet. Key among them-- How will these families get to school? Answer: They will be driven to school. And this will create significant impacts that have not been planned for on nearby streets.

Lots of lip service is being paid to the Safe Routes to School Partnership by Dr. Austin and the Board with regard to this change. What will PAUSD do to manage the traffic safety impacts of this sudden and ill-considered change on school commute safety, mode shift objectives, and nearby neighborhoods? What resources will PAUSD offer to solve the problems they are about to create in very short order?

All of you claimed to support Safe Routes to School (SRTS) when you ran. It's time to demonstrate your support by applying resources to working with the city on mitigating the traffic changes you are about to create. These families and nearby neighborhoods deserve better. Time is short. Even if we work really hard, it will be challenging to get a plan in place for the first round of transplanted elementary school strands by Fall 2022.


Samuel L
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Meadow Park
on Nov 3, 2021 at 5:40 pm
Samuel L, Meadow Park
Registered user
on Nov 3, 2021 at 5:40 pm

Todd Collins,
Rushing decisions is exactly how PAUSD makes decisions, at least under Don Austin. It's the reason the board looked at eliminating the two-meeting rule. It's also the reason why so much at PAUSD gets done behind closed doors and is kept quiet. It's why the district hides behind lawyers at every step so that parents have no idea what is happening. By the time parents catch on, it's too late or they've moved on from the district.


Forever Name
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Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 3, 2021 at 6:15 pm
Forever Name, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
Registered user
on Nov 3, 2021 at 6:15 pm

Why is anyone surprised with PAUSD School Board's zero notice or consideration for student safety, creating MAJOR traffic issues, and more disruption for students already traumatized during their second year in a pandemic? After PAUSD's inept School Board destroyed our kids' school last year and created a public health emergency with secondary schools being unnecessarily closed while schools across the country were open in person? After PAUSD School Board illegally renewed Don Austin's contract for three years during a pandemic? After PAUSD School Board changed this year's secondary school start times to 9am late start in the name of sleep yet BOTH students and teachers all HATE it and say they get LESS sleep? Every decision has been destructive, wrong, and the Board voted unanimously on all of them (although many of these inane ideas were Jennifer Di Brienza's who seems to believe she is an education expert because of the letters PhD after her name but has been wrong on every major decision and demonstrated very little common sense). The list goes on. PAUSD = Hubris and Sh-- Show.


Anony Mouse
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College Terrace
on Nov 3, 2021 at 8:39 pm
Anony Mouse, College Terrace
Registered user
on Nov 3, 2021 at 8:39 pm

The creation of the false deadline and false urgency is a classic bureaucratic strategy. Pay no attention to the hand-wringing comments by Trustee Collins. This is designed to allow for minimum public input. It's obviously career burnishing for Mr Austin, but at the expense of good sense, transparency and good governance. This is all done with the good wishes of the always-unanimous-voting Board of Trustees.
This is a large amount of money to be spent - what's the rush? Deliberation and public input are vital in a democracy. They are spending your tax dollars people!

@Forever Name - speaking of PAUSD=hubris, did you catch the soliloquy during Mr. Austin's update last night? The idea that we are an example for the region, nay the country is laughable. The idea that the Sup of Dallas Schools (153,000 students) is looking to PAUSD for guidance, as Mr. Austin claimed, is embarrassing and hubristic. The awkward self agrandizing is not in keeping with our status as a smallish district in a gigantic state. Again, this is all done with the good wishes of the always-unanimous-voting Board of Trustees. When is the next election?


Bystander
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Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 4, 2021 at 4:22 am
Bystander, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
Registered user
on Nov 4, 2021 at 4:22 am

PAUSD appears to have done nothing but renovate schools for the 21st century for the past 20 years at least. As far as I'm aware, Palo Verde and Hoover have both been building sites with disruptions to students housing them in temporary portables and losing playground space for years at a time.

When will the schools finally be ready for the 21st centry and when will we no longer be asked for funding for something that should have been done for B4E or whatever excuse was made for parcel tax and bonds?


Old Person
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Midtown
on Nov 4, 2021 at 10:40 am
Old Person, Midtown
Registered user
on Nov 4, 2021 at 10:40 am

You will have a better school faster if you move off campus for a year. My children were in elementary school when B4E renovations were being made and it wasn't pleasant. Between the noise, dust, and reduction in playground area, it was not where you wanted your children to be for the year. Sounds like there could have been more (some?) community input in making this decision, but I agree with the school board. After passage of the B4E bond, actual construction at our school started over 10 years later, so it would be good if this new board can speed up that process. And by then, the cost of everything went up. I can't speak for how the money was used, but that was almost 20 years ago and there wasn't enough money to update everything, especially after such a delay.
As far as portables go, you will need portables if you do the construction on-site and you will need portables when enrollment surges and there aren't enough classrooms. Most after-school programs seem to be in portables permanently. They won't be on the best place on the site because hopefully the permanent buildings are there. Parents should not waste their time complaining and work with the board in moving these building projects forward. Maybe this is why these things take so long.
I can't believe parents actually believe it's less disruptive for their children to change schools than to travel a bit farther to remain with their children's cohorts at another site. Their friendships are so important and they must be so happy to be back together this year.
I don't agree with everything the school board does (sometimes very much against), but I appreciate their hard work and decisions they have to make. I wouldn't do their jobs for all the money in Elon Musk's pocket.


Morgan
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Meadow Park
on Nov 4, 2021 at 12:03 pm
Morgan , Meadow Park
Registered user
on Nov 4, 2021 at 12:03 pm

Paly has had portables on their campus for who knows how long. Back in April of 2020, Don Austin said "the school has been using some temporary classrooms and wants to have all real classrooms when school reopens in the fall."
Enrollment declining, new science building completed, still portables dumped in the middle of campus.
PAUSD makes statements knowing that they'll be forgotten in 6 months.
There is no authenticity or accountability in much of anything they do.


Jeremy Erman
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Midtown
on Nov 4, 2021 at 11:50 pm
Jeremy Erman, Midtown
Registered user
on Nov 4, 2021 at 11:50 pm

Which parking lot are they planning on putting portables on? Under the lease agreement with the City of Palo Alto, parking lots at Cubberley Community Center are "Common Areas" which all users of Cubberley share. If the school district plans to unilaterally take possession of parts of the parking lots and deny others the right to use them, that would seem to be a violation of the 5-year lease agreement with the City of Palo Alto which states that use of the common areas is "non-exclusive", i.e., no one party can restrict usage of those areas to itself or deny others the right to use them. The only part of the connected property to which this doesn't apply is Greendell School.

"The portion of the Property including, but not limited to, parking, walkways, restrooms, and other portions of the Property which are non-exclusive are collectively referred to herein as the “Common Areas”. Tenant shall have the non-exclusive right during the Term to use the Common Areas along with others having the right to use the Common Areas."

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Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
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Adobe-Meadow
on Nov 6, 2021 at 11:53 am
Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, Adobe-Meadow
Registered user
on Nov 6, 2021 at 11:53 am

I grew up in the Los Angeles School System and understand the problems with ageing buildings that are not up to current earthquake specifications. I also understand the problems of families of school age children moving to locations that have newer and cheaper housing. That requires bussing. When growth in the San Fernando Valley sky rocketed new schools were built in the valley and therefore not bussed over the hill to the inner LA areas. Same story in Oakland.

Every school has to have a minimum number of children to remain open. Every child on my street went to one grammar school but different Junior High and High schools due to the redistricting requirements. PAUSD has to work on their messaging as to what drives their decisions. But moving grammar school age children from a safe residential area to the most heavily trafficked area in the south end of the city require some work to get them there safely.
Bus them from Palo Verde over to Cubberley so that they do not have to negotiate that busy location by themselves or with parent help. Parents bought to provide a safe place for their children. The CUB site is fraught with all type of issues. If nothing else put a police substation at that location for on-campus and shopping center support.


Consider Your Options.
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Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 8, 2021 at 5:46 pm
Consider Your Options. , Another Palo Alto neighborhood
Registered user
on Dec 8, 2021 at 5:46 pm

City Manager Ed Shikada punted the lease agreement and handed the PAUSD portion back to the district to do what they will. An outcome like this was predictable to anyone who was paying attention at the time.

The City Manager and Superintendent are not using their advisory committees, PTA relationships, and staffs well to inform these decisions. The city's Office of Transportation appears blindsided. Parents are blindsided. The City School Traffic Safety Committee still has not had a meeting on this subject. At the Board meeting, Don Austin said he had talked with the city about this, but I suppose that meant he had mentioned it to Mr. Shikada in a back room chat.

School sites are among the most traffic impactful facilities we have in the city because their bell time traffic surges are so intense...and the morning surges converge with peak hour traffic. Traffic safety mitigations for this new site and nearby neighborhood school routes need to be planned, funded, and implemented before the kids move in. The district has left no time to do that very necessary work. I view this as a completely irresponsible action for a district that relies on thousands of children walking and biking to school every day. It will affect the school communities who are moved to Cubberley and the kids who live in nearby neighborhoods who rely on Cubberley approach streets for their school commutes.

These Board members said when they ran that they support Safe Routes to School. I see no evidence of that commitment in their rushed approval of a poorly planned and vetted concept. I am profoundly disappointed in the lack of Board leadership safeguarding our school commuting students. Parents learned just today that, at last, there will be a City School Traffic Safety Committee meeting on this subject on December 16. Too late to influence the approved concept. BOE, step up. Lead. Reverse your rushed decision and insist on better information and outreach.


New in Town
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Palo Verde
on Dec 9, 2021 at 11:34 am
New in Town, Palo Verde
Registered user
on Dec 9, 2021 at 11:34 am

My kids are out of school, so I don't have a horse in this particular race, but have people questioned why this only impacting two South PA schools?

Looking back a few years, Paly and Addison received huge donations for new space that they now enjoy. South PA schools and South Palo Alto neighborhoods must disproportionately feel the pain of this plan with two impacted schools and a neighborhood traffic mess....can we also talk about the number of kids hit on bikes recently in south Palo Alto?

PiE was created to remedy the unequal treatment of students between schools of varying wealth. Board members were elected to serve ALL students and families. Gotta wonder why they voted for this - maybe because most live north of Oregon and won't be personally impacted.


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