Oak Park Property Purchase
An Investment in our Community's Future
Welcome to the RVUSD information page relating to the RVUSD proposed purchase of the 15-acre Oak Park property for use as a future school site. On this page, we have provided background on the property purchase as well as links to current documents that explain the District’s consideration of the purchase. Additionally, posted on this page is a PowerPoint presentation shown at the May 9, 2017 RVUSD Board Meeting as well as frequently asked questions which were distributed at that same meeting. You can find on this page links to old information related to an environmental review process for the property. These documents are no longer applicable to the property purchase as the environmental review process will be done years from now when the property is developed. We hope this page provides the community with clarity on the goals of the District in considering the purchase and on the process required to purchase the property.
Community Workshops on the proposed purchase of the 15-acre site at Oak Park
The District will be holding two community workshop meetings on the proposed purchase. The School Board and staff want to hear from the community and listen to any concerns or issues related to the property purchase. The first meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 31st at 6:00 p.m. The second meeting will be the regular board meeting on Tuesday, June 13th at 6:00 p.m. The first meeting will be held at Village Elementary School at 900 Yulupa Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95405. The second meeting's location is TBD.
Will the population 10 to 20 years from now require RVUSD to build more schools?
We anticipate the population needs will require more schools for the District. RVUSD enrolls approximately 2% of Santa Rosa’s population. The District’s enrollment mirrors the annual population increases in the City of Santa Rosa. From 1960 to the present, the average increase in Santa Rosa for each decade has been approximately 3%. Using those figures, below is a chart that demonstrates how the RVUSD needs to prepare for anticipated population projections for 10 – 20 years from now.
What is the process the District must complete to purchase the Oak Park property?
The process of purchasing a property for a school involves several steps of due diligence to identify any problems with the property or issues that might hinder development of the property as a school. Most Districts hire consultants to advise on the process of purchasing, evaluating property, conducting due diligence and environmental review for a property purchase. RVUSD hired consultants who are experts to conduct the environmental due diligence analysis and counsel the District on required actions needed to complete the purchase.
The District is completing the due diligence on the property and anticipates receiving a full report from consultants outlining any issue the District needs to consider this summer. The District will hold several public meetings on the planned purchase before considering a vote to purchase the property.
Is the District planning to replace or close Whited Elementary School?
No. RVUSD’s intent for purchasing the Oak Park property was and is to hold the land for 10 – 20 years for future use. RVUSD has no plans to replace Whited Elementary School.
If the District isn’t planning to relocate or close Whited Elementary School, then why was this discussed in the initial environmental documents performed on the proposed sale?
The consultants the District hired in 2016 gave the District incorrect advice which led the District to begin environmental review on the property prior to the purchase. As part of the inaccurate advice given to the District, the consultants informed the District it must identify a “project” for the land to perform environmental review. Because the District had no immediate plans to build on the property, it identified relocating Whited Elementary School as the project to be studied for environmental review.
Last month, the District hired new counsel which clarified that the District did not have to perform environmental review prior to the purchase, but rather when the District develops the land 10 to 20 years from now as a school. The District will not be relocating or closing Whited Elementary School.
What is next in the process to purchase the Oak Park property?
The District will be holding two community workshop meetings on the proposed purchase. The School Board and staff want to hear from the community and listen to any concerns or issues related to the property purchase. The first date will be May 31st at 6:00 PM and the second date will be the regular board meeting on June 13th at 6:00 PM. The first meeting will be held at Village Elementary School at 900 Yulupa Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95405. The second meeting's location is TBD.