The Menlo Park City School District will hold the first of two community meetings tonight (Nov. 6) to provide information and hear ideas from residents about the building of a fourth elementary school at the O'Connor school site in Menlo Park.
The district plans to open a new school, grades 3-5, to address the problem of a burgeoning enrollment that greatly surpassed projections from studies done in prior years, before the district's existing schools -- Encinal and Laurel elementary schools in Atherton, and Oak Knoll elementary and Hillview Middle in Menlo Park -- were renovated. Funding will come from the $23 million bond voters approved Nov. 5 -- Measure W.
The school will be constructed on district-owned property in the Willows neighborhood, the former site of O'Connor School. The campus has been leased since 1991 to the German-American International School.
A second meeting is set for Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., also in the Laurel School multi-use room.
In addition to providing an opportunity for the public to comment, the district will discuss topics including the planning, design and construction schedule of the project, the initial school design options, the initial traffic design options, and the environmental review process.
Meetings to discuss the project are also scheduled for Dec. 10, Jan. 7 and Feb. 11.
Access the district's website with information and updates on the O'Connor plans by clicking here. Comments are also being taken through an email link at that site.
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