German-American school finds new home


The German-American International School has filed for a use permit to relocate from 275 Elliott Drive to 475 Pope Street, site of the vacant Menlo Oaks School, according to the city of Menlo Park.

The school would use existing buildings on approximately four acres of the Pope Street site, and make improvements, including the addition of five portable classrooms, a play space, storage sheds and expanded parking lot.

The proposed educational program would include preschool through 12th grade, with the high school program phased in over four years, the city said.

The school was forced to leave its site on Elliott Drive in the Willows neighborhood to make way for a new school to be built by the Menlo Park City School District, which owns the Elliott Drive site.


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Posted by DJ Fowler
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Mar 4, 2015 at 9:37 pm

The city should consider making the intersection of Elm and Pope a four way stop. Or at least insist that the school post a stop sign and crosswalk markings at the entrance/exit of the parking lot at Pope St.

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Posted by Menlo Taxpayer
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Mar 5, 2015 at 11:42 am

A key question -- did the Ravenswood SD have a public bid on the site? Why or why not? How long is the new lease and what are the terms/rate? There were multiple bidders for the Flood Park site before the board backed out of the process. Love to have GAIS in MP, but an open public process is important -- especially for a financially strapped district like Ravenswood.

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Posted by Question
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Mar 11, 2015 at 3:41 pm

Is this a permanent home for German-American or just for a year or two?

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