School board plans to declare thirty-four acres as “surplus,” first step toward sale or lease

PRESS RELEASE

Board-appointed committee to consider action on plan to surplus three parcels of school district-owned property

A nine-member Capital Assets Committee, formally appointed by the Cabrillo Unified School District Board of Education on February 9th, will hold a public hearing on a draft report that recommends declaring three parcels of District-owned property as “surplus” at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 21 in the District Office located at 498 Kelly Avenue in Half Moon Bay. The three properties tabbed for potential sale or lease are: 1) a 20-acre parcel referred to as “El Granada Vacant Land” in the report that is bordered by Coral Reef Avenue, Sonora Avenue, and Sevilla Avenue located east of Highway 1, 2) a 10-acre parcel referred to as the “Foothill Vacant Land” in the report that is bordered by Coral Reef, Palm Beach Avenue, and Harbour Drive in that same general area, and 3) a 3.88 acre portion of an existing larger parcel of property that currently houses the school district offices, warehouse, bus garage, and Pilarcitos High School. Both the El Granada and Foothill properties are presently vacant and undeveloped.

“Obviously the District is struggling financially,” Superintendent Rob Gaskill noted. “This Board has made it clear that it wants to look at every available option including the possible sale or lease of District-owned property. The Board cannot take this kind of action without a process to first declare such properties as surplus.”

The act of declaring a property as surplus does not guarantee that the parcel or a portion thereof will ultimately be sold or leased. It does, however, open the door to such an action in the future.

The Committee is expected to consider final action to approve, modify, or disapprove the draft report following the public hearing portion of the June 21 meeting. If the report is approved with or without additional modifications, it will then be presented to the Board as a recommended course of action at the next regularly scheduled Governing Board meeting that will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 28.

The Committee’s nine-page draft report has been posted on the Cabrillo Unified School District web site for review at http://www.cabrillo.k12.ca.us/board/packets/CAAC_packet_6-21-12.pdf. Hard copies have also been posted at the Half Moon Bay Branch of the San Mateo County Library, at the District Office (498 Kelly Avenue), and at all CUSD school sites.

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