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Neighbors fear 'serious consequences' of Hillview rebuild

Original post made by Richard Hine on Feb 8, 2007

A petition signed by 80 neighbors of Hillview Middle School raises concerns about the proposed expansion plans at the school designed to accommodate a projected 39 percent increase in enrollment in seven years.
"We believe that these plans, which call for an increase in the number of students at Hillview from the present 670 to approximately 912 over several years, will have very serious consequences for our neighborhood," the petition states.
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Posted by Marianne Q. Dean, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Feb 9, 2007 at 4:36 am

The kids are already here ... working their way through the school system and it is time to act. I applaud the MPCSD and the School Board for trying to find the best possible solution. They feel as though they have exhausted every opportunity for buying more land and have looked at many combinations of rearranging the uses of their current sites. It is easy to complain ... it is time to be a part of the solution. I think the bigger problem is having over 900 middle school kids on a campus which can not accomodate them ... you just wait and see what happens to what now will seem like a very peaceful neighborhood.

Anyone have any extra land they will donate to the cause?


Posted by CROSS TOWN RIVAL, a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Feb 9, 2007 at 4:55 am

they ought to use the Encinal campus, so the kids east of ECR can go to a middle school there, reducing traffic impact on Hillview neighborhood.


Posted by Parent, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Feb 9, 2007 at 9:50 am

First, when you buy a house next to a school, you have to accept that there will be students there and that the ground may be used by kids (even if you'd like to keep them as your private park on weekends and after school). Some of the proposals by neighbors--such as putting the school underground--are incredibly selfish and inconsiderate. These are young kids, and you think they should sit in windowless classrooms all day so that YOU can have enough sunlight? Spare me.

Next, these neighbors are the kinds of people who eschew politics. Hundreds of homes being added to neighborhoods east of El Camino? Not our problem. Zoning changes that permit oversized houses to be built in place of 2-bedroom cottages? Not our problem. But when families move in to these homes and their grubby east-of-El-Camino children clutter your neighborhood, then you scream.

Those of us who live east of El Camino would love to have a school on our side of the tracks. But guess what--there's no room! And the reason? Greed. Instead of setting aside enough land, the city has been totally built out, all in the name of ensuring that developers make enough profit. And it's still happening: commercial properties east of El Camino are being razed and replaced with dense housing. More families are on the way, folks, and there is no space for their kids.

If you want to make a change, you'll have to look outside your neighborhood. Meanwhile, the school was there before you were, and it's in your best interests (vis a vis property values) to ensure that the quality of education provided remains high. An adequate physical plant is an essential component.

The school board is bending over backwards to accommodate everyone, but their first responsibility is to the students. Accept that, and stop whining.


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