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News - March 4, 2016

Around Town

THE CUBBERELY KUMBAYA ... Palo Alto's city and school officials will gather by a totem pole in front of Cubberley Community Center on March 9 for a symbolic display of their shared desire to repair and redesign the dilapidated center near the city's southern edge. The centerpiece of the ceremony will be the signing of the Cubberley Futures Compact, a document that according to the event announcement "renews the commitment between the city and the school district to collaboratively plan for the future of the site." The effort would build on the foundation of the Cubberley Citizens Advisory Committee, a group of stakeholders who met in 2012 and came up with recommendations about the sprawling 35-acre campus (the school district owns 27 acres and the city owns 8 acres of the property at 4000 Middlefield Road). In a statement, City Manager James Keene said the compact "symbolizes our commitment to collaborating on a process to design a Cubberley site that reflects and serves both our community and educational needs into the future." His counterpart at the school district, Superintendent Max McGee, concurred and said both he and Keene are "grateful and fortunate to live in a community that is highly invested in both the education of our children and the services for all citizens." "By signing this compact, we say 'thank you' and honor that community spirit as we make the commitment for Cubberley to continue as the center for educational and community services." The two sides also plan to hold a design workshop for Cubberley and are hoping to complete by this fall a plan for moving ahead with redevelopment. The March 9 ceremony will take place at 9 a.m. The new compact will also be featured at the second annual Cubberley Day, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 19.

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