BCS Co-location Sites – Covington
Below in Figure 2 is the BCS co-location plan the School District architect came up with for 15.5 acre Covington. The School District created a design constraint for all three BCS co-location sites considered; it gave instructions to the architect to not remove or move any existing buildings if at all possible. In the case of Covington, nothing is moved in this preliminary design in Figure 2.
LASD trustee Tamara Logan did say during the Public Lands meeting, if ever either the Covington or Egan site were to be used FOR REAL, there would be changes to those district schools’ buildings and outdoor facilities to create more desirable plans than these preliminary ones.[Lalahpolitico: Other ideas for a school at Covington, usually include the good idea of moving the District Offices, say to the downtown/civic center. Here is an artist’s rendering of an independent idea for a 560 student school on Covington that moves the district offices to the back of the Covington site. ]
Note that City owned Rosita Park (about 4 acres) is adjacent to the school owned land (about 15 acres). [The City land used to be part of the St. Williams school that was there in the 50s/60s.] The City park is implicitly included as part of the LASD site concept in Figure 2 below, and creates a combined site of 19 acres, a bit larger than the City’s entire 18 acre Civic Center.
Although this Figure 2 plan moves no school or district office or City park facilities, it does seem to impact the small baseball field. Lalahpolitico is not sure, but I believe that is part of the LASD parcel, probably not of Rosita Park. By the way, when the park was created, the city and the district swapped some little pieces of land so that the City tennis courts and a City snack shack could be better fitted on the site.
City residents near Covington School seem to think that Measure N promised no bond money would be spent to impact Rosita Park or other City parks in any way at all. Actually, the bond, and then trustee Mark Goines did not say that. All that was promised was that no bond money would be used to place a school building on city park land. Figure 2 below seems to keep the promise. Hillview is not a park?
TRAFFIC AT THE COVINGTON SITE
The City of Los Altos traffic engineer, Cedric Novenario, explained 3 possible parent car routes.
1. Covington parents arriving in cars would continue to use the parking lot circle in the front of Covington for drop off and pick up
2. BCS parent cars would be directed to use Rosita Ave. and the Rosita parking lot as a drop off pickup area.
3. The City engineer suggesed formalizing the current informal agreement with St. William Church, the church on El Monte. Parents can enter the church’s back parking lot from Covington Rd. and drive north through the church parking lot to the St. William driveway out onto El Monte heading north.
Lalahpolitico: there is also a pedestrian path between homes from Arbuelo to the school/park area. Parents already use Arbuelo for drop-off.