What's the issue?

Cupertino Union School District (CUSD) announced a plan on December 8, 2015 to convert the Luther public school site and park (220 Blake Avenue, Santa Clara, close to Pruneridge Ave. & Woodhams Rd.) to OVER 200 high-density apartments for district employees. It was later discovered that the plan was secretly devised between the Superintendent and a developer, Sand Hill Property Company.

Why should the CUSD Community be concerned?

  • PERMANENT loss of a public school site in a rapidly growing area
    • Population growth and development is occurring all around us.
    • Schools are unique and require large lots – building apartments on the site has huge implications for many generations to come.
    • This “concept” may set a precedent for developers to rezone and build on other CUSD school sites.
  • Is not a solution for employee retention
    • The proposal would not have any impact on the retention of valuable experienced teaching staff.
    • No studies have been conducted to assess the true needs.
    • There is no evidence that temporary teacher housing results in long-term teacher retention.
    • How does the “concept” truly address teacher and staff compensation concerns?
  • The process has NOT been OPEN and TRANSPARENT, and only discussed in closed door sessions with developers.

Why should Santa Clara neighbors be concerned?

  • Eviction of over 535 children and 95 educators at 5 independent schools.
  • The school and park have been an integral part of the surrounding single family home neighborhood for 60 years.
  • Potentially reduced or no impact fees and property taxes contributed by the development to support our local city services, as with other below market rate subsidized housing projects.

The Luther Project Timeline

Time  Event  Details 
 Oct. 25, 2015 In the closed session, the board conferred with real property negotiators regarding the property located at the Luther school site
 Nov. 17, 2015 In the closed session, the board conferred with real property negotiators regarding the property located at the Luther school site.  
 Dec. 8, 2015 CUSD officially announced their intention to develop 200+ housing units for district employees at the Luther school site. This news was widely reported by the main-stream media. CUSD “is currently developing a Request for Proposal (RFP)” and the preliminary plan is “to hire a developer to build units on the district-owned property." None of the CUSD attending area and the Luther community was informed about this plan before the official announcement. 
Most readers of this news got impression that the Luther project was decided (only details to be elaborated) and steps are being taken to execute the plan
This project was announced by CUSD on Dec. 8th, 2015, and reported by mainstream media like Silicon Valley Business JournalSan Jose Mercury News, and NBC Bay Area.
 Dec. 2015 The four private schools currently residing in the Luther site were notified of the planned project by mail.   
 Dec. 15, 2015 In the closed session, the board conferred with real property negotiators regarding the property located at the Luther school site.
     
     
     
     


About the Luther School and Park

The Luther School currently hosts a vibrant preschool and school with over four hundred students serving the community for over 25 years and generating income for CUSD. The Luther School is located at 220 Blake Avenue, Santa Clara, in the Cupertino Union School District (CUSD). It was operated as a public elementary school in CUSD for decades until the 1980's, and is surrounded by a single family home neighborhood.