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German-American International School finds a temporary home

The German-American International School, which must move off the campus it had leased on the former O'Connor School site in the Willows neighborhood by May 2015 to make way for a new public school there, has found a temporary home, and bought some time to make permanent arrangements for a new school site.

GAIS, a bilingual international baccalaureate school with preschool to 8th grades, has announced it will move to the vacant Menlo Oaks School, 475 Pope St. in Menlo Park, for the 2015-16 school year, with the option to stay for the 2016-17 school year.

The Ravenswood City School District site was last used as a home for the East Palo Alto Academy, a charter school that has moved to 1050 Myrtle St. in East Palo Alto.

The temporary site is only a half-mile from the German-American school's current location.

GAIS Managing Director Dominic Liechti says the school still hopes to permanently move to a site at 3515 Edison Way in unincorporated North Fair Oaks near Atherton, which is nearly 3 acres in size.

"The proposed site on Edison Way remains our first choice," he said. "Now that we have the Menlo Oaks site, we remove a considerable amount of risk in trying to secure the necessary permits in such a tight time frame," Mr. Liechti said.

Some neighbors of the proposed North Fair Oaks site had protested the possible move, saying it would cause traffic and other problems.

The O'Connor site is owned by the Menlo Park City School District and will be used to build a second campus for the K-3 Laurel School; the second campus will allow the district to expand Laurel's grade levels, housing third- through fifth-graders.

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