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Surplusing Committee holds first meeting
The Committee, set up by the Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD) to advise on Hillside School, and perhaps other properties, met on January 17.1 The committee has ten members, three from the Hillside neighborhood. Eric Smith, BUSD business manager, chaired this first meeting, but at the next, expected to be on February 20th, the committee will choose a regular chairperson.

After the committee dealt with opening formalities, they devoted the bulk of the hour-and-a-half meeting to a briefing by lawyer Marilyn Cleveland on her memo to BUSD regarding procedures for handling surplus property.2

The meeting paid particular attention to a part of the Educational Code, known as the Naylor Act. This law mandates that a school district surplusing open space offer up to 30% of total surplus property, at a preferential price, to other public organizations that would keep it as open or recreational space. The committee plans to take a year, but may finish sooner. When it completes its draft recommendations, BUSD will hold a public hearing on them. As an ad hoc public body, the committee operates under rules on openness prescribed by the Brown Act.

1 Word document: Minutes of 1-17-2006 Surplusing Committee meeting

2 PDF File: Marilyn Cleveland's memo to BUSD