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Public hears upate on Hillview Middle School construction

Original post made on Aug 17, 2011

By next fall, sixth- through eighth-grade students in the Menlo Park City School District should have a brand new school complete with the latest technology, including a solar system that should produce much of the energy used by the campus.

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Posted by Bob
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 17, 2011 at 12:37 pm

And what about the millions spent not that long ago on a major remodel of the Hillview campus which included new classrooms, new library, new computer room, new shop room, new admin building, new parking etc, etc and even new tennis courts, redone playing fields and new tot lot paid for by the city? All torn down and bulldozed!

What a waste of taxpayer dollars!

This is what happens when you have a history of amateurs on the school board, no professional or government oversight, and a ridiculous state law which exempts school district remodel and building plans from local building regs, legal recourse and neighborhood concerns and input.

As to the excuse of not enough space - the district decided to downsize by getting rid of the Fremont School campus and ignore the need for a 2nd middle school campus or going back to K-8 design in the 1990s and the early 2000s when the boards ignored the studies that the district would be overcrowded with a growing student population.

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