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School board wants to renew Cubberley lease

Original post made on May 29, 2013

Palo Alto school board members Tuesday indicated they want to begin discussions with the City of Palo Alto on renewal of the city's lease of Cubberley Community Center, which expires in 2014.

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Posted by don
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on May 29, 2013 at 1:58 pm

One thing that could prevent joint use is the ability of the PAUSD to prevent citizens from coming on a school campus while the school is in session. This means prior to 8:00 am and until after 3:OO pm or later there could be no public/joint use of the facility.

Many of the small, private groups do use the facilities during this period. How will this be solved?

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Posted by terry
a resident of Barron Park
on May 29, 2013 at 10:14 pm

PAUSD and Money. Ahhhhhh. How about we hire district personnel to manage, let them work two years, pay them huge severance bonuses by letting them retire early at higher pay grades, then get soaked and lose all institutional memory, including hiring defunct construction companies...that might be worth 6.8 mil.....or settling a few more lawsuits that Skelly has brought upon the taxpayers of this community...pathetic decline in this district in recent years....the best of intentions with incompetence beyond easy description...

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Posted by Neighbor
a resident of Midtown
on May 30, 2013 at 8:16 am

Why doesn't city try to multi-use Paly and Gunn to see if it would really work before implements in a third high school? Is there any example or stat to support this idea is viable at all?

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Posted by PA Neighbor
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on May 30, 2013 at 9:28 am

After Columbine and New Town schools were encouraged by the State to monitor every non-school personnel entering a school, that's why there are notices at Middle and High Schools requesting visitors to campus to register at the office. Freely walking around on school property while school is in session is discouraged.

Joint use is going to be a myth, but it is a way the School District can get the City to invest in School property then ban visitors. Look at Terman it now has an 8 foot chain link fence around it so you can't just walk onto campus.

I support the City developing their 8 acres as they want and the School District developing their 27 acres as they want. First, lets renew the lease 'till 2025.

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Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 30, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Assuming the city keeps its 8 acres, then they can develop as they see fit. No way PAUSD let's non-school personnel or non-students on campus during school hours. BTW - this policy holds true at the K-5 sites as well.

What the city will lose out on are classrooms, gyms, pool, auditorium, track, fields, the majority of parking. Even after school is out for the day, the new HS will still use its facilities for extra-curriculars (e.g., athletics, clubs, music, drama, etc.). And the teachers are still going to use their classrooms and offices after school is out for planning, meetings, etc.

The bottom line is that once PAUSD finally gets to re-opening Cubberly, access will be cut-off except for the city owned portion (if the city decides to keep it). If I'm a non-profit using that site, I'd start looking for a new spot now and beat the eventual rush.

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Posted by neighbor
a resident of Midtown
on May 30, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Why not let current patrons keep cubberley? it's about time that Stanford should free up some land for a new high school, since there is a major plan to build high density housing on its land along El Camino.

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Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 30, 2013 at 3:12 pm

Because Stanford gave up land for Gunn. And because Mid-Town and South PA would like to have a HS on their side of town.

Why is it that Stanford is supposed to keep paying for Palo Alto's self-induced problems?

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Posted by neighbor
a resident of Midtown
on May 30, 2013 at 3:46 pm

I live in midtown and never think it's a good idea to build a third high school, just because it's on my side of town.

Not sure it's Palo Alto self-induced problem if Stanford proposed to build high density housing.

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