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Schools - March 20, 2013

School board sets study session on O'Connor School site

A study session is set for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, to further examine the Menlo Park City School District's option of pushing a private school off the former O'Connor School site to open a public school there.

The special school board session will be held in the district office board room, 181 Encinal Ave. in Atherton.

The district has strongly suggested that terminating the lease with the German-American International School early to open a fifth public school campus might be the best way to address burgeoning enrollment. The GAIS lease expires in 2016, but a provision in the lease agreement allows the district to terminate it early.

In a letter to the board, GAIS board president Thomas Siegel asked the district to reschedule the study session for later in the day, noting that "1:30 p.m. is almost exactly when GAIS parents pick up kids or are at work, thus precluding many of them from being present." The district held to its original schedule, however.

The district must terminate the lease by April 10 if it wants the private school out by the end of the school year. District officials have said the O'Connor site, at 275 Elliot Drive in Menlo Park, could be ready to open as a district school by the 2014-15 school year.


Posted by Wake Up, a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Mar 21, 2013 at 8:26 am

I doubt the 1:30p time was co-incidental. I'd put money on the fact that it was picked precisely to make sure that the GAIS parents were not present.