School board OKs Oak Knoll revised plan


Revised plans for Oak Knoll School's additions received the green light from trustees of the Menlo Park City School District on Sept. 11 when they unanimously approved moving the plans from the schematic or conceptual stage to the design phase.

The district's facility-planning team will now develop plans for the proposed multipurpose building and the separate two-story classroom complex for fourth- and fifth-graders that open onto a courtyard. The next step will be to forward the completed plans to the Office of the State Architect for approval.

Ahmad Sheikholeslami, the district's facility and project manager, said the team will continue working with traffic engineers and the city to improve traffic circulation, accommodations for bikes and pedestrian safety.

The district also will be in a position to begin an environmental review of the project that could influence the design.

The revised plan was developed in response to concerns from neighbors and directives from trustees. It is part of the district's strategic planning process to expand facilities at all four schools to meet the needs of a growing enrollment. Funding comes from the $91.1 million bond measure, approved by voters in June 2006.


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Posted by concerned oak knoll neighbor
a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights
on Sep 16, 2007 at 11:52 pm

"The revised plan was developed in response to concerns from neighbors and
directives from trustees". The concerns from neighbors have not been adequately addressed. The trustees have acted illegally. But Marjorie Mader refuses to perfom her journalistic duties of fair and balanced reporting. That is why the Oak Knoll approved plan will never get beyond the planning stage. Marjorie, just go stand in the playground during recess and envision total destruction of that special place.
Then maybe you will appreciate what the neighborhood kids are fighting for. [portion removed by Almanac staff]

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