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School board OKs Oak Knoll campus plan

Original post made on May 10, 2008

Despite the Menlo Park City School District's efforts to make some crowd-pleasing changes to the $15 million planned renovation of Oak Knoll elementary school in Menlo Park, a passionate and vocal mass of people gathered at the Thursday, May 8, board meeting, some to lobby for more changes, and others to urge the district to get started on the construction as soon as possible.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, May 9, 2008, 2:29 PM

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Posted by Ann Latta
a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights
on May 10, 2008 at 9:55 am

My comments reflect the location of my home directly across the street from the new gym at La Entrada and are based on my experiences during the construction of this facility. They are addressed to the residents of the Oak Knoll area who immediately should work to establish open and timely communication with the contractors and school community regarding the construction schedule and anticipated effects of buildings phases such as hauliing and grading. Re. communication: my neighbors and I asked for online distribution of construction information based on the model of the Menlo Park City online site during the Sand Hill construction. My neighbors were inadvertenly copied in on an e-mail message stating that the neighbors didn't need this information, and such communication was not forthcoming. Oak Knoll residents should also actively work to minimize the impact of the buildings' exterior lighting. Regarding lighting, simply compare the evening impact of the lighting of the new Phillips Brooks buildings and the La Entrada gym and signage. I assume that both sites experience the same security and safety considerations. Grading will make adjacent homes uninhabitable and will likely occur on Saturdays; plan for this activity. Also, the turning radius of the dump trucks may destroy resident's landscaping and/or irrigation systems. (My irrigation system was damaged and I was told it would be fixed on completion of the project. Obviously, I needed immediate repairs which I undertook and paid for.) My last advice is to take heart and not let the accusations of being against children, education, and the like weaken your requests for consideration and courtesy. I was accused of "hating the sound of children at play." and I have worked my entire adult life to educate children and achieve social justice for children. It is deeply unfortunate that the needs of local residents to inhabit their homes in an atmosphere of peace and security is seen as contrary to the public good rather than a part of the public good.

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