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Las Lomitas School District examines two-story option

Original post made on Dec 21, 2012

Flexible-use two-story classrooms clustered around outdoor spaces could be used to reduce the squeeze put on the Las Lomitas Elementary School District by a 40 percent growth in the number of students during the last decade, if a plan previewed for the district's board is adopted.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 1:55 PM

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Posted by Riff Wilkins
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Dec 21, 2012 at 7:21 am

I am surprised that nowhere in this article is any mention of the fact that the Las Lomitas School district owns two other schools -- the old La Loma and Ladera schools. It appears very short- sighted that the District would lease out these facilities and then go back to tax payers to pick up the cost of construction bonds.


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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Dec 21, 2012 at 9:46 am

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"construction would probably have to be done in phases because fulfilling all of the district's desires would exceed the amount of a bond measure that the district could legally submit to voters. "

I predict that the voters have finally become totally fed up with the argument that any school bond should be approved because it is essential to the education of our children - any to begin with the plan to do it in two or more phases because the amount needed would exceed the amount of a bond measure that the district could legally submit to voters is a real slap in the face of the taxpayers.


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Posted by Garrett
a resident of another community
on Dec 23, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Due to recent events, planning and building design should also include securing our schools and the grounds around them.


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Posted by How about some facts...
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Dec 24, 2012 at 10:44 am

Enrollment has grown 40 percent since the last bonds were approved.

Yes the district does own two other schools. The District looked into taking back the Ladera site and determined that the cost to rebuild the school to current DSA standards would be approximately $50 million...which would require a bond. The Ladera neighborhood is not large enough to fill the school site and students would have to be bused from Menlo Park to Ladera to bring the school to capacity. This would be a much larger and more expensive bussing expense than moving the Ladera residents to the existing schools which is the current procedure.

The La Loma site, which currently houses the Phillips Brooks School, is built to DSA standards, but the classrooms are too small to accommodate the district's current class size, and a bond would need to be floated to remodel and rebuild the classrooms. The estimated cost to operate the La Loma site, once remodeled, would be over $2 million per year. Additional schools require additional administrative staffing duplicating the admin currently in place...a waste of taxpayer money.

The district felt that since construction on any of the sites would require a bond, it made sense to build on the two sites currently used by the district, Las Lomitas, and La Entrada, while maintaining the district rent from the other properties. Note that Menlo Park School District has parcel taxes approaching $900 per parcel, while Las Lomitas only has one $311 parcel tax.


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Posted by Questions Remain
a resident of Las Lomitas School
on Dec 24, 2012 at 11:26 am

It's great to accomodate so many additional students, but what kind of gridlock are you inviting jamming so many trips into such a small area?

What can be done to mitigate the impact?

I think this is one benefit of using alternative sites, such as Ladera or even the La Loma school facility.