Blame it on the DINCs, said Robert J. Niccum, the district's director of real estate. Smaller family units with double-income-no-kids have changed the demographics of the West Valley, Niccum said. Schools that were needed in the "Brady Bunch" generation aren't cost-effective to keep open any more, he said. (In case you've forgotten, TV's "Brady Bunch" had six kids).
The sites being leased out by the district include Collier Street and Collins Street elementary schools and Hughes Junior High School in Woodland Hills, and Enadia Way and Highlander Road elementary schools in West Hills. Four of the five schools have a minimum bid of $45,000 a year for rent. Hughes Junior High is going for a minimum of $65,000 a year. The leases vary from four to five years.
Near Kadima Hebrew Academy on Oso Avenue in Woodland Hills, a site that has been rented from the district for nine years, "the presence of that school has attracted buyers to that area," [Bill Baur] said. The school has invested funds in air conditioning, carpeting, paint and a redecorated library.