District makes the call on boundary change
Original post made on Jun 22, 2007
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on Jun 22, 2007 at 12:56 pm
"Board member Margot Harrigan warned against that path because, she said, it would diminish the quality of the junior high school at Egan, and would create an unfair imbalance between the Egan and Blach in the district. "
What!?!?!? Is Margo blind to the fact that Egan is occupied by Bullis Charter School??? There is already an unfair imbalance between Egan and Blach. We are not asking for a change at all. We are just asking that Bullis Charter School be moved to Bullis-Purissima so that a new elementary can take those classrooms.
on Jun 23, 2007 at 11:32 am
At the corner of San Antonio Road and California Street, a Los Altos School District elementary school stood until the land was sold by the district in the 1970's, according to a former employee of the district. A second elementary school in that area was located on Los Altos Avenue, north of Santa Rita School, on land the District sold for residential development. Luxury housing on Margarita Court, Via del Pozo, and Santander Court now stands on the former school site. Each school site was believed to be ten to fifteen acres in size. Sale prices for the two sites are not known. Land in the area currently sells for up to four million dollars an acre.
on Jun 25, 2007 at 9:44 am
Los Altos Elementary School District was no different that all the surrounding school districts in the 70's--Mountain View, Whisman, Palo Alto and I'm sure many other districts also sold school properties during that time. Klein Park at Ortega & California was a school site; the site of the Mountain View Whisman District Office was Stevenson School. Cubberley Community Center was a Palo Alto high school. Palo Alto recently bought back a school site to create a third middle school. With the benefit of hindsight, we can all see how these districts could have benefited by holding on to the property. But, in the 70's, prop 13 was starting to hit the school budgets; the Silicon Valley phenomenon had not yet started, bring thousands of people to the area in the 80's and 90's; and many apartment complexes were "adult only." When that was ruled illegal, a lot more families with school kids moved in to those neighborhoods--but the school properties were gone. It's unfortunate that no one had a crystal ball back then, because the sales of properties definitely came back to haunt everyone. But if you look at it from the districts' perspective at that time, you can see why they made the decisions they did. They had to cut their budgets, could no longer afford all the small, neighborhood schools, and did not anticipate the other events that would so dramatically increase the population here.