Tuesday, January 27, 2015
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

School board ready to sell Grande property

By
From page A4 | September 05, 2014 |

The Davis school board approved a resolution on Thursday night that initiates the process of selling the school district’s undeveloped 8.4-acre Grande property, a piece of land the district has owned for over 40 years.

The school board also received an update on the beginning of the new school year, and heard that enrollment appears to be up by about 100 students. The increase in enrollment, combined with a gradual reduction in class sizes, has created an intense demand for science classrooms at Davis High School, and occasional spot shortages of textbooks in certain classrooms at elementary schools.

Associate Superintendent Clark Bryant told the trustees that enrollment as of Thursday was running around 8,608 students — “up around 100 students from last year (at this time),” said Bryant — and somewhat higher than the school district’s enrollment projections. Bryant said the uptick in enrollment does not seem to be concentrated in any particular neighborhood, and represents more of a “general upswelling” across the district.

There was very little new home construction across Davis during the summer, so anecdotal evidence suggests that the rising enrollment is probably being driven by families with school-age children buying existing homes. The school district will probably see another small uptick in enrollment when new homes that are scheduled to be built in The Cannery subdivision (on the site of the old Hunt-Wesson tomato plant on Covell Boulevard.) are built and occupied — but those anticipated new homes won’t impact the school district’s enrollment this year.

Trustee Alan Fernandes mentioned “a second-grader who told me that she didn’t have a textbook yet.” Curriculum director Stephanie Gregson acknowledged that there had been a few more second-graders than second-grade textbooks during the first week of school, added that “textbooks were delivered to school sites today — that gap has been filled.”

Associate Superintendent Matt Best said that “Davis High School is packed to the brim” and that with the district gradually reducing class sizes — which were increased in recent years due to budget shortfalls brought on by the state budget crisis — there is a pinch on the high school’s science classrooms in particular. “Almost every science classroom is in use every period of the day,” Best said. School board president Gina Daleiden said she’d hear about this situation from teachers and parents, “and the need they expressed sounds pretty dire.” One alternative would be to purchase a “science portable” classroom that would expand the capacity of the campus.

Parents have been asking for smaller class sizes, and Best said class sizes are “better than they’ve been (in recent years)… but it will still be another year or two before we get back to where we were seven or eight years ago” when the state budget crisis began, triggering cuts in state funding for schools.

Elsewhere on the agenda, the school board approved two resolution relating to the sale of the Grande property, with little debate. Attorney Lisa Allred outlined a lengthy and complex process under which the property will first be offered to “statutory entities” (primarily public agencies), and then offered to the general public if no statutory entity makes an offer. The process is expected to conclude sometime in December. The minimum bid on the property will be $5.4 million — the school district originally acquired the property in 1971 for $57,757.50 — a sum that might make a 10-percent down payment on a typical Davis home today.

— Reach Jeff Hudson at jhudson@davisenterprise.net or 530-747-8055

Comments

comments

.

News

 
In vino veritas: A criminal case and intrigue in Napa Valley

By New York Times News Service | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Interfaith event focuses on justice

By Fred Gladdis | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Parking lawsuit may be more than meets the eye

By Dave Ryan | From Page: A1

Crash leads to DUI, hit-run arrest

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A2

 
Blizzard howls its way into Boston

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2 | Gallery

New-home sales jump 11.6% in December

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Senate Dems block GOP effort to wind down pipeline debate

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Apply now for Soroptimist service grants

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Share your love (story) with us

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Pets of the week

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3 | Gallery

Winter produce, treats available at Wednesday market

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Have a ‘Heart to Heart’ with Dr. G

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Workshop offers tips on GoPro cameras

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Sutter Davis Hospital seeks volunteer doulas

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

Storyteller relies on nature as his subject on Saturday

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Seed swap set Friday at Davis Cemetery

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

VFW post plans Valentine’s Day Heroes Breakfast

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4 | Gallery

 
Apply now to be on Davis’ coop crawl

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Vote for your favorites in Readers’ Choice poll

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Thorp receives UCD’s Distinguished Emeritus Award

By Kathy Keatley Garvey | From Page: A4 | Gallery

Learn nature photography from an expert

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4 | Gallery

 
Innovation opportunities on the agenda

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Sutter auxiliary seeks volunteers

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

 
A winemaker’s downfall

By New York Times News Service | From Page: A7

Gerber nominations open now

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A10

 
.

Forum

Taking turns as the halfway house

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

 
Wife’s attitude costs her friends

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

It’s foggy? Turn on your headlights

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

 
Locals will join march for climate change

By Michelle Millet | From Page: A6

A family was torn apart, but we survived

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6 | Gallery

 
Damage done to democracy

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

.

Sports

Anatomy of a hoops collapse: Can Aggie men handle the pressure?

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
UCD women need to get in gear for a basketball road trip

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Aggie women almost get a sweep of Portland tennis teams

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Four DHS wrestlers soar at McClellan Air Force Base

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

UCD swims past Santa Barbara

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
Sports briefs: Eat ribs for the Davis Aquadarts

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B8

.

Features

Name Droppers: Lea Rosenberg leads Odd Fellows

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

 
.

Arts

‘Ideation’ a funny, dark, thrilling farce — and more

By Bev Sykes | From Page: A9 | Gallery

 
Wynonna Judd will perform Feb. 13 in Vacaville

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

 
DHS Idol finals will be a tough competition

By Krystal Lau | From Page: A9

.

Business

.

Obituaries

Death notice: Lorraine Bernice DeGraff

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A2

 
.

Comics

Comics: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 (set 1)

By Creator | From Page: B5

 
Comics: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 (set 2)

By Creator | From Page: B7