BUSD Surplus Committee Looks to Add Community Members

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Friday March 23, 2007

The Berkeley Unified School District Surplus Committee is looking for five community members to serve on it. 

The committee has completed their report to the school board on the Hillside school site and six of the members will be continuing their work on the committee.  

The school board accepted the recommendation of the committee to surplus the Hillside property. It will either be sold or put on a long term lease, said district spokesperson Mark Coplan. 

The board is looking at another potentially surplus property on Sixth Street, followed by the Berkeley High School Tennis Courts, a potential site for the relocation of the warm water pool, and other properties. 

Other potentially surplus property involves some acreage on West Campus that the city and merchants would like to use for commercial development. The Oregon Street property that houses the BUSD maintenance facility is also on the list. 

“Surplus property issues are important to our schools and to the greater Berkeley community,” said Coplan. “We are looking for Berkeley residents who will bring a wide range of expertise. It can be a neighbor or even just an interested party.” 

The surplus committee is referred to as a “7-11 committee,” as it is required to have a minimum of seven, but not more than eleven members.