07/12/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 07/12/2018 17:29
As a result of recent comments regarding the potential for overcrowding in Dublin schools, the District wanted to share content from discussions on the subject that took place during two separate Board meetings in the 2017-2018 school year. In September 2017, Harold M. Freiman of Lozano Smith discussed the steps to declare overcrowding, and in April 2018, Mr. Freiman expanded upon that discussion.
Videos from both Board meetings can be forwarded directly to the relevant content by clicking on the related item number in the section below the screen.
September 12, 2017 Board Meeting
From the Board Agenda: Item I-7
The District has been experiencing increased enrollment, particularly due to new and approved development within the District's boundaries. District staff is exploring various options to address increased enrollment and potential overcrowding in District schools. District legal counsel will provide an overview regarding the steps to declare overcrowding pursuant to Government Code sections 65970, et seq. The Board may then discuss and give direction to staff regarding implementation of the process.
[9/2017 Lozano Smith Presentation]
April 10, 2018 Board Meeting
From the Board Agenda: Item G-3
The Board of Trustees received information from legal counsel and staff at the September 12, 2017 meeting with respect to the steps to declare overcrowding in the District's schools pursuant to Government Code sections 65970, et seq. The District has been experiencing increased enrollment, particularly due to new and approved development within the District's boundaries. District staff continues to explore various options to address increased enrollment and potential overcrowding in District schools. Under sections 65970, et seq., school districts can impose additional funding requirements on developers for interim facilities when its schools qualify as overcrowded under particular statutory standards. In order to declare overcrowding and impose the requirements, the Board of Trustees must make certain findings, and the City Council must then concur with those findings. The findings require that specific statutory criteria technically are met; it is not sufficient that a particular school or schools may be at or even over their design capacity if the particular statutory requirements are not also met. One of these requirements is that the District has explored reasonable methods of mitigating conditions of overcrowding, which can include, but are not limited to, agreements with developers, leasing or purchasing surplus property, utilizing relocatable classrooms, placing general obligation bonds on the ballot, seeking state funding, and more.
District is currently in pursuit of the acquisition of two new school sites, one a 23.46 acre site at Central Parkway (the 'Promenade' site) and the other a 12 acre site at Dublin Crossing (a development now known as the 'Boulevard'). Ability of the District to make the findings in support of a declaration of overcrowding may be affected by the progress made on acquisition of these school sites and the timing thereof. Pursuant to a separate matter on tonight's agenda, the Board of Trustees will be asked to authorize conducting due diligence on the Promenade site prior to acquisition, as well as approving contracts with consultants to perform environmental hazard and California Environmental Quality Act review of the site.
The District's ability to obtain the Dublin Crossing site for a new school depends on the City Council's approval of an already-negotiated agreement between the District and the City.
Staff and legal counsel will give an update on the status of this matter.