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Board meets on O'Connor School site

Original post made on Apr 29, 2013

The governing board of the Menlo Park City School District will meet Tuesday morning, April 30, to discuss options for the O'Connor School site, now used by the German-American International School.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, April 28, 2013, 1:13 PM

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Posted by Lisa
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Apr 29, 2013 at 10:33 pm

I wish they would give more notice of these meetings. Why the daytime meeting?. It feels like they are trying to discourage the public from attending.

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Posted by Menlo Park Taxpayer
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Apr 30, 2013 at 10:19 am

Taking back the school from GAIS means yet another school bond. In just the last few years MPCSD has floated over $110M in bonds and now they are quietly going down the road of adding $20M-$30M more. Tossing out a rent paying tenant, increasing administrative costs and bonding for another whole school site overhaul. Do we really need all this?

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Posted by Another taxpayer
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Apr 30, 2013 at 7:07 pm

I am deeply concerned with the "secrecy" in which this situation is being handled. Public meetings with little notice and held at an inconvenient time making it nearly impossible for the public to be heard.

I also question the need for a $20-30 million dollar bond for a new elementary school. With the last bond of $100 million, 3 schools were renovated, including major building construction at Encinal and Oak Knoll AND a complete leveling of Hillview and the building of a brand new school. I don't understand the need for a bond of this magnitude for a smallish elementary school.

To the School Board and Superintendent Ghysels, please explain your rationale.

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Posted by Willows resident
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Apr 30, 2013 at 9:28 pm

Sounds like they are looking to build a new crown jewel to outshine hillview, not an elementary school. This is a public school, remember, paid for by our tax payer dollar. Great schools are about great teachers, not great buildings.

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Posted by Poster
a resident of another community
on May 1, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Update on the board meeting: Web Link

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