San Lorenzo Express News


School District Explores Sale or Lease of Surplus School Sites


FEBRUARY 19, 2007
SAN LORENZO

School sites in the San Lorenzo School District are being evaluated for possible lease or sale. Since the district owns several schools that are not in use for public education, in 2005 the district board of trustees formed an "advisory committee on surplus space."

The committee has examined data on the school district's enrollment and properties and developed criteria for determining the district's future need for schools and facilities. The committee concluded:

The district has 5,100 students and a site capacity of 7,725 students.

The committee elected to study the market potential of six sites:

San Lorenzo Adult School
Martin School
Barrett School
Lewelling School
Fairmont Terrace School
El Portal School
In August 2006 the board hired a private firm, Enshallah, Inc. of Santa Clara, to perform a market analysis of the six properties. Enshallah presented its report to the advisory committee at a meeting Dec. 4, 2006.

The district has three choices for long-term disposition of its properties: selling the site, long-term leasing of existing buildings (currently some sites are leased for a limited number of years to private schools), or razing the buildings and leasing the land for a lengthy period (such as 99 years). Typical uses for a large site vacated by a school are a housing subdivision, a retail center (where zoning permits), private school, and conference center (where zoning permits).

Earnings from the sale of property would, by law, have to be used for capital projects.

At the Dec. 4 meeting an Enshallah representative said the next step would be to determine which sites are available for long-term disposition (sale or long-term lease) and which whould be held in reserve and leased ona shorter-term basis (holding the site in reserve for future public school needs).

Three public hearings on the future of unused school sites are scheduled (the times of the meetings have not yet been determined):

March 12 -- Bohannon Middle School (800 Bockman Road, San Lorenzo)

March 19 -- Edendale Middle School (16160 Ashland Ave., San Lorenzo)

March 26 -- Washington Manor Middle School (1170 Fargo Ave., San Leandro)

For information on future meetings of the advisory committee, contact Gloria Mohr in the school district offices.



Information on the School Sites Being Studied

San Lorenzo Adult School -- 10.4 acres on Bockman Road next to Bohannon Middle School in San Lorenzo Village; existing buildings include 23 classrooms that are in fair condition; formerly an elementary school, closed June 1977. Estimate sale value is $19 million.

David E. Martin School -- 11.5 acres on via Alamitos at foot of Paseo Grande in San Lorenzo Village; existing buildings include classrooms, gymnasium and multi-purpose space that are in very good condition; formerly an elementary school, closed June 1983. Currently leased to Redwood Christian Junior and Senior high schools. Estimated sale value is $23 million.

Barrett School -- 11.9 acres on via Barrett in San Lorenzo Village; existing buildings include 26 classrooms and gymnasium/multipurpose room that are in very good condition; formerly junior high school, closed June 1979. Currently leased to Kipp Summit Academy (charter school). Estimated sale value is $24 million.

Lewelling School -- 10.2 acres on Fargo Avenue in Washington Manor (City of San Leandro); existing buildings include 20 classrooms that are in good condition; formerly elementary school, closed June 1984. Estimated sale value is $20 million.

Fairmont Terrace School -- 8.8 acres on Arlington Drive (off Manchester Road) in unincorporated hillside area (post office is San Leandro); existing buildings include 9 classrooms in very good condition; formerly elementary school, closed June 1976. Currently leased to SENECA Residential and Day Treatment Center for Children (special education). Estimated sale value is $18 million.

El Portal School -- 5.4 acres on Pomar Vista in unincorporated Castro Valley; existing buildings include 8 classrooms in very good condition; formerly elementary school, closed June 1979. Estimated sale value is $10 million.