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News - September 30, 2011

School board enthusiastic about property deal

Pending environmental tests, school district likely to approve first acquisition in decades

by Chris Kenrick

For the first time in decades, the Palo Alto Unified School District is on the verge of acquiring new property as it contends with rising enrollment, particularly in the southern part of town.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 28, 2011 at 8:02 am

How would this deal work? Is it for sale on the open market to the highest bidder? I don't think that is the case. Will it be eminent domain?

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Posted by Erin
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Sep 28, 2011 at 9:49 am

I don't understand how increasing class size over the maximum of 20 per class (as our parcel tax states) or having over 550 kids at a site that was built for 360 is not an elementary school problem.

You are well beyond an elementary school problem here, but you have put your blinders on and refuse to look at it because you don't want to move choice schools or redo the boundary lines that seem so sacred in our district. At some point, people have to move to alleviate the pressures on our kids.

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Posted by Blip or a Trend
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Sep 28, 2011 at 10:52 am

Isn't that the big issue to get a grip on? Maybe for middle schools we'll need capacity anyway, but for the high school capacity issue, "blip vs. trend" is the $64 million question.

How do we figure it out??

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Posted by Finnaly
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 28, 2011 at 3:57 pm

Finally, we can have a third high school. Once they buy the property, they have no excuse to have such a crowded high school.

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Posted by Another great deal
a resident of Los Altos Hills
on Sep 28, 2011 at 4:29 pm

"...$8.5 million deal to acquire a 2.6-acre parcel." Such a deal ...and a tear-down to boot. A seller's market for sure ...or some great negotiating on the part of PAUSD.

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