Delano residents upset with school relocation

Posted at 5:31 PM, Sep 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-18 20:31:06-04

Imagine having construction taking place in your neighborhood and having no idea what was being built. That was the case in Delano, according to some residents.

"How come only the people who live 300 feet away were notified?" concerned Delano resident, Aloha Francisco asked. 

Fellow neighbor Gustavo Castellanos is also left with some confusion.

"Nobody knew anything about it until our neighbor went to our house and asked us if we knew what was going on," said concerned Delano resident, Castellanos.

The Wonderful Company College Prep Academy is expanding and changing locations. It's proposed new location is about a 5 minute drive from its current location. However, what has some concerned is that it will be located on the same cross streets where 12-year-old Shaylyn Anela Pinoliar was struck and killed nearly 3 years ago.

"We lost a child on this busy street. We've asked for traffic signal lights from the city and that didn't happen," Francisco said. 

They fear that adding the K-12 charter school will increase traffic and make it even more dangerous.

Francisco, Castellanos and over 200 others signed a petition to stop the school construction from proceeding to the city council.

From there, they got a response letter from the City Attorney. 

The letter stated that the construction is no longer in the council's jurisdiction and that "the city cannot halt the construction of the school."

This further upset residents who want to hear directly from their council members.

"What I'm hoping for the city council now is just to talk to us. City council, city officials why don't you just talk to us? We're waiting to talk to you," said Francisco. 

23ABC reached out to the city council members and city manager and have yet to hear back.

However, the Delano police departments said they are in the process of installing traffic lights.