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Stakeholders Committee for 525 San Antonio Property

Original post made by Judy, Midtown, on Nov 27, 2011

I read with amazement that School District staff are recommending that a stakeholders committee should be set up to decide what to do with the newly acquired Peninsula Day Care site at 525 San Antonio Road. In other words our School Board has authorized the spending of around $6.Million for property they don't know what to do with!!!

Here are two solutions. First move the Young Fives program into the facility. Secondly, lease the site; however, that's assuming they will be able to find a tenant.

One of the reasons the School District sold off elementary school sites in the past was because they could not find tenants. School facilities attract a very limited kind of suitable tenant. The School District should research the possibility of finding a prospective tenant before setting up any kind of Committee.

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Posted by tired of the complaining
a resident of Jordan Middle School
on Nov 27, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Honestly, it's clear this school district can't win. If they didn't have a committee half the population would vilify them for that. They want to have a committee, they get vilified for that. Why don't you run for the school board if you think it is that easy.

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Posted by Me Too
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 27, 2011 at 1:01 pm

I think the story your read is here - Web Link

It sounds like they know pretty well what they want to do and probably have tenants lined up. But my understanding is that state law requires that to lease any school facility, the district needs to have a "7-11" committee review alternatives, reflect community views, etc. As the article says, it is probably overkill for a short-term lease like this one, but they are being conservative.

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Posted by Judy
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 27, 2011 at 1:28 pm

The School District has leased other elementary schools in the past and has never formed a Committee to decide their future. This must be a new State law since Garland and Fremont Hills were leased.

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Posted by Me Too
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 27, 2011 at 5:39 pm

Not sure how long it has been around, but if you google it you'll find many California "7-11" committees out there. The education code section 17388 reads:

The governing board of any school district may, and the governing board of each school district, prior to the sale, lease, or rental of any excess real property, except rentals not exceeding 30 days, shall, appoint a district advisory committee to advise the governing board in the development of district wide policies and procedures governing the use or disposition of school buildings or space in school buildings which is not needed for school purposes.

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Posted by Judy
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 27, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Me Too: Very interesting, I just wonder how this applies to the Cubberley lease with the City given the fact that the City sub-leases many of the rooms at Cubberley.

I don't remember the School District forming a district advisory committee for either the original lease agreement with the City, or a district advisory committee for any of the sub-leases between the City and their tenants although Cubberley is owned by the School District.

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Posted by bill g
a resident of Barron Park
on Nov 28, 2011 at 10:18 pm

The operative word in code section 17388 is "may", and the board seems to have chosen that approach. I wonder how long it will take to finalize a recommendation. In Palo Alto this can take 6 to 18 months.

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