Posted by rick, a resident of the Vintage Hills Elementary School neighborhood, on Jan 10, 2008 at 3:44 am
I am dissapointed with the this board
It's solutions to the High School overcrowding issue are:
A. Build more capacity at Village High continuation school.
B. Expanding capacity at Amador and Foothill ( There is no room for this).
C. Build an Elementery School for Ruby Hill!
Regarding Village High: I would be furious if my children were sent to Village
High to resolve overcrowding at Amador. Is this Mr Ott's position?
Regarding expansion of facilities at Foothill and Amador: These schools are currently extremely overcrowded and there is no room for expansion. That is unless you continue to jam 2,500 kids into facilities that were designed for 1,500 at the maximum. I would like to know what the maximum capacity of these schools.
Is it 2,500, 3000, or 5000? I want a number.
Regarding a new elementery school: I am puzzled as to why this issue keeps coming up. Neal Elementery School is not needed and would be a waste of valuable resources. The elementery school population could be absorbed by the numerous elementery schools throughout the city. It is at the High School level that the overcrowding has become unacceptable. Does anyone know how much money the board has wasted persuing litigation over the Neal School issue? If anyone knows, please post it because the Board and the Ruby Hill developer have been in litigation for years.
Posted by Concerned Resident, a resident of the Vintage Hills Elementary School neighborhood, on Jan 10, 2008 at 10:21 am
The district has collected fees from over 1,000 new homes in the Vineyard corridor. Why should these homes not have the school they have already paid for instead expecting existing to schools absorb additional population along with the community and existing neighborhoods absorbing additional traffic generated from transporting kids around town to schools twice a day. Help fix the traffic problems in Pleasanton by building Neal as long promissed.
Posted by Practically speaking, a member of the Amador Valley High School community, on Jan 10, 2008 at 12:21 pm
School site traffic is not an issue at Amador for more than 10 minutes per day. I cannot speak for Foothill as I've never experienced it myself. I can say that traffic at all 3 Middle schools is far worse than anything I've seen at Amador, probably because _none_ of the middle school kids drive themselves, or there is more than one point of egress Amador has 4 vs basically one at each of the middle schools. There are many open parking spaces available to be seen any time you drive by the campus on Santa Rita and school is in session.
Regarding "over crowding"... again I will comment as an Amador citizen. Having had 3 students go through the school graduating in 04, 07 and my youngest in 08, I have spent large amounts of time at the campus over the last 8 years at all hours and have never "felt" the campus to be "overcrowded". I continue to see "marketing statistics" site support for proving the campus is over 150% of capacity? While not perfect, the only facillites at the campus that ever seem "over crowded" are the Football stands during Friday night games and the Gymnasium during a few Basketball games during a good season? The only other "practical" need are more all weather sports fields so more teams can practice simultaneously?
Our test scores continue to place Amador and Foothill very highly and don't indicate that quality of education is suffering at all for class or school size? Soo much in our society is driven today by fear and misinformation....
There is a brand new middle school that was built in the new town of Mountain House in anticipation of growth in the town. With the current econonic climate that school cannot afford to go operational based on the number of actual students that would be served by that school? I would seem completely irresponsible (and many would want accountability in arrears), to build an additional High School (small technical school or otherwise), given today's budgets and economy. I'd personally rather see common sense prevail and our existing 2 schools be made as capable as possible.
Oh by the way, Livermore, San Ramon and Danville all have very similar high schools with very similar enrollments (around 2500 each give or take 200). I don't see any similar arguement of over crowding and the facilities are very similar in size and scope?
Posted by aaron, a resident of the Highland Oaks neighborhood, on Jan 10, 2008 at 12:48 pm
pleasanton definately needs a new highschool, it is getting too big, and how many additions can you do to foothill, and amador. they are both running out of room and don't have the openess or feel alot of us had going to those schools