Piedmont and Montclair residents share plenty of things in common, including this 94611 zip code for starters. We live in nice, quiet hillside locations and are proud of our local schools.
We are in a kerfuffle right now about potential traffic problems on Moraga Ave. Piedmont is trying to address some school overcrowding and wants to accommodate students at a local park. This is an opportunity to play nice and coordinate plans.
What’s happened? Piedmonters have started planning improvements, including classrooms and fields, at Blair Park. That should be well and good, as the park is within Piedmont’s jurisdiction. However Montclarions living near Moraga Ave know and feel otherwise.
If kids are going to be dropped off and picked up at Blair Park, there would be clogged streets nearby. If you live on Harbord, then it’s possible to experience morning rushes as Piedmonters turn around and head back home.
According to Montclarion Sandra Pohutsky, “Piedmont officials have been bombarded by email from Piedmont residents insisting that the temporary school not be placed in their neighborhoods, or objecting to having their child go to Emeryville to attend a temporary Piedmont school there.”
Last Friday, several Montclarions met with Piedmont councilwoman Margaret Fujioka and asked for guidance about communicating concerns. She advised attending the upcoming meetings of the City Council (Jan 5th) and School Board (Jan 14th) – and time will be allotted for Montclarions then.
Reasonable discourse is possible! Our first opportunity is tonight, when Piedmont is holding its City Council meeting (map). These modular classrooms are on the agenda, and it would be lovely if concerned Montclarions appeared and addressed the Council. Otherwise, expect this expansion to become a done-deal for the 2010 school year.
More info: Read tonight’s City Council Agenda as well as the City Administrator Report about the entire Blair Park project. Reach Geoffrey Grote, Piedmont City Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org with your views, as well as City Councilmembers and Board of Education members.