Town Square

Post a New Topic

New classrooms coming to local high schools

Original post made on May 7, 2012

The local high school district is set to break ground this week on three classroom buildings, the largest of the Measure A bond projects passed in 2010. Twenty-four new classrooms will be spread among three buildings on the district's two main campuses in Mountain View and Los Altos -- should be ready by fall 2013.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, May 7, 2012, 11:48 AM

Comments (4)

Posted by James, a resident of Whisman Station
on May 7, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Awesome infrastructure investment, can't wait to see those labs when my kids get to MVHS.

Web Link


Posted by Steven Nelson, a resident of Cuesta Park
on May 9, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Measure G (elementary bond) benchmarks: the high school is getting new built classrooms at about $700,000 per room. This is a mix of 1 and 2 story. If you use the lowest prices for the elementary classrooms, it's at least $500,000 (one/half million). So .. if you replace all the old modulars (62 or so) that's a 'good' $30 Million public investment. IF YOU THEN DEMOLISH 47-52 permanent classrooms (Facilities Plan line items and Site Plans) that's a "stinking waste" of more than $24 Million. That doesn't include the demolition and temporary housing expenses!
BLOATED SOW is a good term for how High Speed Rail bond ended up. BLOATED SOW is also an apt term for how the MEASURE G $423 Million 'Facilities Plan' is headed. {that is not a typo, they only have 1/2 the Facilities Plan Budget in Measure G)

- The frugal and fiscally prudent Joe White (MVLA) is not planning to demolish ANY permanent classrooms, no matter WHAT an architect may find profitable!


Posted by James, a resident of Whisman Station
on May 10, 2012 at 3:48 pm


This precisely the problem Friedman & Mandelbaum talk about in their
book. We spend far too much time lately arguing about the details that nothing gets done, or that the way things are is good enough as we slip further behind our competitors. It's not good enough, we can do much better, and measure G is just one step forward to make great schools even better.


Posted by Steven Nelson, a resident of Cuesta Park
on May 11, 2012 at 12:05 pm

James, have you ever engaged in 'benchmarking'? i.e. Compare your plans and returns to those of your "competitors" [or those doing the same type of job as you). The Measure G Plan gives a 1/4% Return on Investment ($500,000 / $200,000,000) and the High School District is getting almost 5 X that percentage. (more money for operations)
Joe White is controlling MVLA investments so we are not wasting investment $ in "demolition" of classrooms that can be strengthened/refurbished/reused for 1/5 the cost. Improving Walter's "Wish List" by cutting out architect fat is extremely 'competitive'. Come BACK in NOVEMBER with a $200 Million bond plan, without 47-52 classroom DEMOLITION!
Give us G opponents a break - we know about 62 modulars DO NEED to be replaced!!! We just don't want a High Speed Rail style bond problem.


If you were a member and logged in you could track comments from this story.

Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

Indian street food and ... bitcoins?
By Elena Kadvany | 4 comments | 2,922 views

Analyze data yourself with R - a fast growing language for statistics, forecasting and graphs
By Angela Hey | 2 comments | 2,320 views

"The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden"
By Anita Felicelli | 0 comments | 1,023 views

Dear Chandrama, Everywhere I turn . . .
By Chandrama Anderson | 2 comments | 800 views

Crittenden Hosts Startup Weekend
By Ms. Jenson | 1 comment | 146 views