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Families, educators concerned city of Patterson can’t support new housing projects

Parents, teachers and community members in Stanislaus County rallied on Tuesday, expressing concern that their town of Patterson may not be able to support four housing projects that would bring in thousands of families. The concern is that more children may come than the schools in Patterson can support. More than 6,800 children depend on the Patterson Common School District. The four housing projects, one of which has already been approved, would create 9,000 homes. The “Save Our Schools” rally outside the town hall raised questions about whether the city could handle this development, and protesters demanded that these projects be properly monitored. “Development is not a bad thing. “It’s really positive and it’s inevitable, but it has to be done responsibly,” said Valerie Benavides, a parent. Rally participants who spoke to KCRA 3 said they want home builders to pay what they say should be the fair share of developer fees. Donna Moullette, a teacher, said the city does not have the facilities to house incoming students. “We do not have facilities to accommodate these new students who come our way. “We can hardly accommodate the students we have now,” Moullette said. KCRA 3 approached the developers and was briefed by one of them: Joe Hollowell. Hollowell said talks with the school district were already under way. “We are committed to making it work with the periphery,” Holloway said. A representative of the school district said that the size limits of the courses are already in capacity and 75% of the students come from low-income households. KCRA 3 also contacted the city manager. As of Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., we have not yet received a response. “The city must have a partnership with the school district, right, so that we can be in it together and that we need to be heard. “Our concerns are well-founded,” said Benavidis. “Because it affects our community and it affects our children,” Moullette said.

Parents, educators and community members in Stanislaus County rallied on Tuesday, expressing concern that their town of Patterson may not be able to support four housing projects that would bring in thousands of families.

The concern is that there may be more children than the schools in Patterson can support. More than 6,800 children depend on the Patterson Common School District. The four housing projects, one of which has already been approved, would create 9,000 homes.

The “Save Our Schools” rally outside the town hall raised questions about whether the city could handle this development and the protesters demanded that these projects be properly inspected.

“Development is not a bad thing. “It’s really positive and it’s inevitable, but it has to happen responsibly,” said Valerie Benavides, a parent.

Rally participants who spoke to KCRA 3 said they want home builders to pay what they say should be the fair share of developer fees.

Donna Moullette, a teacher, said the city does not have the facilities to house incoming students.

“We do not have facilities to accommodate these new students who come our way. “We can barely accommodate the students we have now,” Moullette said.

KCRA 3 approached the developers and was briefed by one of them: Joe Hollowell.

Hollowell said talks with the school district were already under way.

“We are committed to making it work with the region,” Hollowell said.

A representative of the school district said that the class size limits are already in capacity and 75% of the students come from low-income households.

KCRA 3 also contacted the city manager. As of Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., we have not yet received a response.

“The city needs to have a partnership with the school district, right, that we could be together in this and that we need to be heard. “Our concerns are well-founded,” Benavidis said.

Community members say that if developers paid the legal minimum fee, it would only cover one-third of the cost of building a new school.

“I want them to really slow down and really think about it, because it affects our community and it affects our children,” Moullette said.

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