What do you think of the new plan for Oak Knoll School?
Original post made by Richard Hine on May 1, 2007
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What do you think of the new plan? Please post your comments below.
on May 1, 2007 at 8:45 am
They should split the bldgs. up like in the bond measure ballot representation and the Almanac feature article before last June election. Take Scheme B and slide the MPR over to the bball courts, which are already 3 feet below Vine, sink it down 6-10 feet, like most gymnasiums/theatres, and then it would only be about 20 feet high. Much less visual impact, more easily accessed by service vehicles from the existing parking lot off Oak Knoll Ln. Scheme B shows 140K sf of play area, 20K more than favored Scheme F which combines MPR and 10 classrooms into one mega structure and removes both the front play area and the heritage oaks. With modified Scheme B, call it Scheme "G" for Great, you preserve the front play area for the younger kids, because Scheme F forces the kids to use the same back area at lunch and the play area per child is reduced to 200 s.f. per kid, not the 500 as shown on the handout. Plus you preserve the back wing (4-5th grade) and you save on the extra $800K for more portables. Enlarge the existing staff parking in back onto the little used tennis courts, because SM Sup. Gordon says there is no cap on the number of cars allowed per the county encroachment permit
on May 1, 2007 at 10:07 am
After hearing the traffic engineer from Sandis aptly describe Oak Knoll Sch. as in the worst possible location to serve it's attendance area, why are they pursuing a "car-centric" plan that only further encourages kids to be driven to school from as far away as Atherton Ave. and all points west of ElCaminoReal? Favored Scheme F gets an "F", failing to fix the problem. It only indulges the gas guzzling, gross polluting SUV's and exacerbates the congestion and kid's safety in that neighborhood. Why not use some bond money resources or govt. grant money to buy a small fleet of clean fuel mini-buses and sell advertising on the buses like County Transit. Think of the V.C. and IP law firms among others that would love the exposure around town!!
"The Better Otter Way" fleet would be so "eco friendly" and so PC!!
on May 4, 2007 at 2:35 pm
While I support improving the Oak Knoll Elementary school by modernizing the facilities, replacing the portables, and including a soccer field much needed by our community, it isn't hard to imagine how a 30 ft. building and double-wide 500 ft. long drop-off lanes are not in keeping with the character of the neighborhood and will impose unduly on neighbors. As a neighbor immediately adjacent to the school, I greatly prefer the occasional inconvenience of school traffic to the permanent addition of excessive and unsightly drop-off lanes. Yes, the Board has given adequate opportunity for public comment on the design criteria; unfortunately, this prudence has not been extended to the plan itself, which has been presented as a "fait accompli" by the Site Planning Committee.