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Schools - October 30, 2013

Meetings set to discuss O'Connor campus plans

by Renee Batti

Whether the $23 million bond measure on the election ballot passes or fails, the Menlo Park City School District has scheduled a series of community meetings to provide information and hear ideas from residents about the building of a fourth elementary school at the O'Connor school site in Menlo Park.

The first meeting is set for Nov. 6 — the day after voters will decide on Measure W, which would raise the $23 million district officials say is needed to build the school, on district-owned property in the Willows neighborhood. The district wants to open a new school, grades 3-5, to address the problem of a burgeoning enrollment that greatly surpassed projections from studies done in prior years, before the district's existing schools — Encinal and Laurel elementary schools in Atherton, and Oak Knoll elementary and Hillview Middle in Menlo Park — were renovated.

Two meetings are scheduled in November: Wednesday, Nov. 6, from 7 to 9 p.m.; and Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Both are in the Laurel School multi-use room at 95 Edge Road in Atherton.

In addition to providing an opportunity for the public to comment, the district will discuss topics including the planning, design and construction schedule of the project, the initial school design options, the initial traffic design options, and the environmental review process.

Meetings to discuss the project are also scheduled for Dec. 10, Jan. 7 and Feb. 11.

The district has created a website with information and updates on the O'Connor plans at tinyurl.com/OConnorProject. Comments are also being taken through an email link at that site.

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