Should a new Hillview Middle School be built, and the old one torn down?
Original post made by Richard Hine, editor of The Almanac, on Feb 24, 2007
The school board of the Menlo Park City School District plans to meet Tuesday, March 6, to decide on the scope of a plan to rebuild the Hillview Middle School campus. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at Hillview School, 1100 Elder Ave. in Menlo Park.
In anticipation of a 40 percent enrollment growth by 2015, the board favors a radical approach: build all-new facilities including three wings of two-story classroom buildings on what is now the playing field, and then tear down all of the existing facilities, except the multi-use building. The space where classrooms are located now would become a four-acre playing field and hard-court area.
About 200 parents, neighbors and others attended a Jan. 30 board meeting held to discuss options for rebuilding or expanding Hillview.
A petition signed by 80 neighbors of the school was presented to the board. It raised concerns about "serious consequences" from increased traffic and parking tied to sharply higher enrollment. Enrollment projections show a growth from 659 students now to 913 in seven years.
For information from the Menlo Park City School District, go to: Web Link
Here are links to Almanac stories:
-- "Bold plan to rebuild Hillview Middle School" Web Link
-- "Neighbors fear 'serious consequences' of Hillview rebuild" Web Link
-- "Community speaks up about new Hillview school" Web Link
To send comments, suggestions and/or questions to all five board members and the superintendent, send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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