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New Menlo Park high school opens, but construction is ongoing

Original post made on Aug 16, 2019

TIDE Academy, a new high school in Menlo Park, opened for the first day of classes on Wednesday, Aug. 14, but construction is ongoing because of project setbacks, according to school officials. 

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Posted by Walter Paulsen
a resident of Woodside: Woodside Heights
on Aug 16, 2019 at 1:33 pm

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It's a beautiful school and kudos for the Sequoia district for investing in STEM education. With the proximity to Facebook there will be many great opportunities for the students to get internships and work on projects with FB and other tech companies.

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Posted by Bigmon78
a resident of Portola Valley: Westridge
on Aug 16, 2019 at 1:34 pm

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Wow, $800 per square foot to build, not counting land or financing costs!? Even here in the Bay Area that is unreasonable. I hope it includes all the furniture and fixtures. You could build two nice schools for the kids for that budget without going for high minded architectural statements.

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Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 16, 2019 at 2:03 pm

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$800/sf is actually not out of line for a school. The state has very strict construction standards for schools which drives up the cost. Not to mention that this is public works project. That means labor has to be paid "prevailing wage". That is whatever the local unions are making. Labor costs here are extremely high.

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Posted by carlune
a resident of another community
on Aug 17, 2019 at 9:34 am

Why the redundancy with Design Tech High School? It's right up the road next to Oracle. Plenty of kids from Menlo Park already attend dtech. I don't understand why the district has to embark on such an expensive proposition when it's already being done. Seems to me this is taking money from existing schools that need it more.

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Posted by some guy from atherton
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Aug 17, 2019 at 7:43 pm

This article seems to imply that the school cost 36 million to build, while a Mercury News article from 2017 says 51 million. Does anybody know where this discrepancy came from?

Regardless, this seems like a huge amount of money for a 400 student school.

Mercury News - Tech-engineering high school being built in Menlo Park:

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