The City of Palo Alto and the Palo Alto Unified School District will symbolically sign the Cubberley Futures Compact at a ceremony on Wednesday, March 9 at 10 a.m. at the totem pole on the Cubberley campus. The Compact renews the commitment between the City and the School District to collaboratively plan for the future of the site, and is intended to build on the foundation of the Cubberley Citizens Advisory Committee that was formed in 2012 to make recommendations about the future of the 35-acre site. The CAC's final report called for the City and the School District to work cooperatively toward a phased development to support both school and community needs at Cubberley.
"This Compact symbolizes our commitment to collaborating on a process to design a Cubberley site that reflects and serves both our community and educational needs into the future," said City Manager Jim Keene. “The Compact recognizes and acknowledges the past contributions and the strong foundational work of the Citizens Advisory Committee while setting our sights on envisioning what Cubberley will be for the next generation.”
Palo Alto Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Glenn “Max” McGee echoes City Manager Keene’s sentiments, saying, “We are both grateful and fortunate to live in a community that is highly invested in both the education of our children and the services for all citizens. By signing this compact, we say 'thank you’ and honor that community spirit as we make the commitment for Cubberley to continue as the center for educational and community services.”
As part of the Cubberley Futures Compact, Keene and McGee will lead a collaborative group of staff from both organizations, as well as community stakeholders in a process design workshop, using the principles of design thinking developed at the d.school at Stanford. The goal is to create an inclusive yet flexible process that can accommodate changing needs, both for the immediate and long term future of the site. Both the City and PAUSD hope to have a roadmap for the development process by the fall, which ultimately could lead to a design of the site. PAUSD owns 27 acres of the site and the City owns eight.
In November 2014, the City and PAUSD updated the terms of their lease agreement on the Cubberley site that was intended to be in place for five years and laid the foundation for a long-term collaboration between the two parties. The main changes included the District’s agreement to drop the covenant not to develop and the City’s agreement to annually invest the $1.86 million covenant funding into a Property Infrastructure Fund. In consultation with PAUSD, the funds are to be used by the City for repair, renovation and improvement of the Cubberley infrastructure and site. In addition, the lease terms included a commitment by the City and PAUSD to jointly develop a master plan for the Cubberley site within five years. The original agreement, first signed more than a quarter of a century ago, established a partnership between the City and the School District for the long-term use of the Cubberley site.
The Cubberley Compact will also be a centerpiece at the second annual Cubberley Day on Saturday, March 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. where the community can join in an activity to share their views on the future of Cubberley. There will also be a variety of performances, art exhibits, music, food and tree planting activities throughout the day. For more information, click here.