Today: Portola Valley reviews plans for new Windmill School


Plans for a new facility for Windmill School at 900 Portola Road, formerly the site of Al's Nursery, go before the Portola Valley Planning Commission on Wednesday, May 4, for the first of what may be several reviews.

The preschool, for children ages 2 through 5, has been renting space since the late 1960s at the Alpine Hills Tennis & Swimming Club at 4139 Alpine Road.

The school bought the former nursery site with plans to build a preschool of 9,226 square feet of floor area, including three classrooms, offices, bathrooms, a kitchen, family lounge and storage. The parking lot would have spaces for 41 vehicles.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the Historic Schoolhouse at 765 Portola Road. Windmill School is third item on the agenda.

During the week, the school proposes to operate between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., with a maximum of 72 students present at any given time and a staff of 10 to 12. Weekday evenings "will include" meetings of the board of directors and staff, and events such as back-to-school nights, preschool-parent education classes, kindergarten readiness talks, and parent fundraising events, according to a staff report.

Click here and turn to Page 104 for the report.

On weekends, school activities "will include" parent-and-me day, fix-it days, school picnics, harvest-the-garden day, parent education events, children's cultural events and family visits in the lounge. The family hall and lounge may be available for use by other community groups such as Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, the report says.

To accommodate the school, parts of the lot must be rezoned from "medium-intensity residential" to "community commercial" the zoning the entire lot would have had if the nursery owner had not been living on the property, the report says.

The project requires an environmental impact study to consider biological life, protection and preservation of trees, traffic impacts, geo-technical issues, historic values, if any, and noise. On noise issues, an ornamental garden functioning as a sound protection wall is in the plans, as is a garden to add distance from play areas, the report says.

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Posted by P.V. Resident
a resident of Portola Valley: Westridge
on May 4, 2016 at 12:33 pm

Windmill is a gem in the Portola Valley community. It is vital that its permanent home remain local as our preschoolaged children need a reliable, kind, nurturing place to thrive.

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