Meeting set to discuss school site

The wheels are in motion to develop the old Millbrae School site into housing, four months after the school board approved its $20.1 million sale to bulk up district coffers.

In March, the Millbrae Elementary School District approved the sale of the former school site to Danville-based developer Braddock & Logan. The company, which plans to redevelop the site into single-family homes, is set to hold a public meeting Thursday to gather community input on the project.

The district board made the decision to sell at a time when it was in dire financial straits and is still looking for new revenue sources. Among those is a parcel tax, which district officials are still weighing for the November ballot. A survey found that most voters would support a parcel tax, which would help restore some of the $1.8 million in cuts made over the last few years, Superintendent Karen Philip said.

The 10-acre site is home to Mills Montessori School, Peace of Mind Infant Care and Hoover Children’s Center, which rent the site from the district at a combined yearly rent of almost $260,000.

They will be allowed to continue classes until next June.

Mills Montessori teacher Andrea Grana said the school didn’t have plans set for its move. But whether it means building a new school or relocating to a new rental space, Mills Montessori would still be around, she said.

Millbrae is not the only district resorting to the sale of property to raise money. The San Bruno Park Elementary School District last year sold the Carl Sandburg School, which closed in 1980, for $30 million. Palo Alto-based SummerHill Homes plans on building 70 single-family homes on the property.

San Bruno board member Russ Hanley said the property is expected to close escrow in November. Once school starts, the board will discuss how to spend the money.

“We can’t do much until it closes escrow,” Hanley said. “But we’re definitely looking forward to having this extra money for the district.”

The Millbrae School site meeting starts at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Millbrae Library, located at 1 Library Ave.

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