Hubbub over fate of Bubb's 'peace tree'

A group of students at Bubb Elementary are gathering signatures from their classmates, parents and teachers in order to petition the administration not to remove a piece of school history.

In order to make way for a new shade structure in the school's outdoor lunch area, the school may need to remove the "peace tree." The tree, which was planted by students in 1994, is the only reminder of a larger green-thumbed project, the "peace garden," according to Mary Dietrich, principal of Bubb.

The tree may need to be removed in order to make way for a canopy, which parents have asked the school to build to provide shade for the children while they eat lunch at the outdoor tables. "It gets hot at the tables," Dietrich said, explaining that parents became concerned about sun safety. The canopy will also work to shield the children from bird droppings.

David Franklin, a teacher at Bubb, addressed the Mountain View Whisman School District's board of trustees at their public meeting earlier this month, requesting that the board do something to ensure the tree is not removed.

The district's superintendent, Craig Goldman, said it was up to the school to decide what it would do with the tree.

According to Dietrich, even while she is set on installing the shade structure, the tree may end up staying. The school is looking at all its options and has even enlisted some of the students in the process -- asking them to help come up with solutions that would allow the tree to remain, while at the same time accommodating the shade structure.

"I think the best thing about this whole issue is that the kids are getting involved and figuring out how to solve a problem," she said. "It's just a great lesson for them."


Posted by Cano Peas, a resident of Cuernavaca
on Oct 27, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Oh C'mon, its a shade canopy, not a 12 story building or a mini-mall. It doesn't need to be weight bearing. Adjust the design to accommodate the tree. There. I just saved the district tree removal $. Sheesh!

Posted by ugh, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Oct 27, 2011 at 2:46 pm

In the event a child climbs the structure, it does need to be weight bearing. The design needs to meet the state standards and the long term site plan for the school.

Posted by OverThinkingIt, a resident of Cuernavaca
on Oct 27, 2011 at 3:35 pm

OK then, design it as such with space for the tree. This is really not a problem....unless you're a bureaucrat apparently.

Posted by Cabbage Twice, a resident of Cuernavaca
on Oct 27, 2011 at 3:39 pm

then again, perhaps this "problem" was created to offer the kids a chance to learn/be involved. If so, it shouldn't be in the paper as a real issue. If it truely IS a problem, maybe an actual architectual design team could come uop with a solution to this problem that is just tooooo tough for anyone else to figure out(sic). I say again...SHEESH!

Posted by Two's Company, Tree's A Crowd, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Oct 27, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Don't they have to get permission from the city to remove the tree if it's larger than a certain size?

Posted by Steve, a resident of Shoreline West
on Oct 27, 2011 at 5:10 pm

The school wants to *remove* a tree to make shade?
What's the next project? Installing lighting under the canopy?

Posted by kind of silly, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 28, 2011 at 2:13 pm

The only thing more silly than this story, is all the comments that you guys are making.

I am laughing like crazy...hope it is WITH you and not AT you.

Posted by Honor Spitz, a resident of another community
on Oct 28, 2011 at 4:43 pm

The "problem" appears to be with some silly adults/bureaucrats!! Keep the tree; build around it. What's so hard about that?!!

Posted by Truth be Told, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Oct 28, 2011 at 8:00 pm

C'mon's really more of an ugly shrub than a tree. Let's not get too excited.

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