PRESS RELEASE REGARDING GLIDER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 7, 2021
San Jose, CA
Oak Grove School District has received inquiries and public comment regarding the closed Glider Elementary School located at 511 Cozy Drive. Superintendent Jose Manzo announces: “The District appreciates the community’s interest. The District wishes to clarify that there are no final plans regarding development of the site, and that it will likely be several months before the School Board will enter into any agreement which could lead to the development of future plans for the site.”
Due to ongoing cuts in state funding and significant drops in enrollment, the School District has investigated ways to reduce expenses since at least 2017. The District is not alone in this regard, as demographic projections from the California Department of Finance suggest that California’s public K–12 school system is entering a long period of declining enrollment. Based on these circumstances, according to Superintendent Jose Manzo, the School Board is exploring options and opportunities to help stabilize programs and services for kids. This includes consideration of surplus real property, which can be a valuable asset for the school districts, particularly in the Bay Area. The District’s extensive efforts to reach out to and involve the public began in 2017 with the formation of a School Consolidation Committee, consisting of 38 members that included parents and community members, to review the potential consolidation of eight elementary school campuses. This ultimately led the School Board to close Glider Elementary School effective for the 2018-19 school year.
The School Board appointed a 7-11 District Advisory Committee, which held a series of public meetings regarding District surplus properties before reporting its findings to the Board in January of 2020. Both the School Consolidation Committee and the 7-11 District Advisory Committee meetings were publicly noticed and open meetings, and the reports of each were received and acted on by the School Board in open meetings. Superintendent Manzo explains, “The District has been and will remain transparent through this process.”
On March 12, 2020, the Governing Board adopted a Resolution of Intent to Sell or Lease the Glider site, again at a public meeting. The District then sent out public notices, including multiple notices in print media, regarding the potential sale or lease of the site. Following the release of requests for proposals for the possible purchase or lease of the site, at its meeting of May 13, 2021, the Board publicly identified the entities that submitted proposals to buy or lease the Glider site.
At a future meeting, likely in June, the Board will select the entity that it prefers to negotiate a contract with for the Glider property. Superintendent Manzo explains that “the Board will neither consider nor approve a binding contract on that date; it will merely identify which entity it wishes to begin negotiations with towards such a contract.” The District is in the early stages of considering sale or lease of the site and is therefore unable to provide a specific timeframe for the process. If a purchase contract is ultimately approved and signed, the buyer or lessee would conduct due diligence investigations of the property and begin the process of securing entitlements from the City of San Jose for future use and development of the property. That process would involve extensive planning, public outreach, and opportunity for public comment and input.
The District is sensitive to concerns expressed by community members, including that the site may be sold for high-density housing that is not compatible with the surrounding neighborhoods. “The District wishes to assure the community that the proposals for purchase or lease of the site that the District has received do not propose high density development, and while development approvals ultimately rest with the City of San Jose, the District anticipates that future use and development of the site will be compatible with the surrounding neighborhoods,” indicates Superintendent Manzo.
Superintendent Manzo concludes: “We remain very early in the public process and it will be many months or years before a proposed developer submits a plan for approval to the City. We expect that there will be ample time for robust community input into this process, and we will ensure that any future developer is conducting outreach to the Glider neighborhood about potential future uses of the site.”
511 Cozy Drive, San Jose
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