Letter from “Ed” (probably Ed Allen) about the above photos (date unknown). I found this letter along with the photos at The Kentfield School District office in 2006, tucked away in an old box of stuff that looked like it hadn’t been touched in decades. — Jason Lewis
Superintendent Caine on “The Final Days of Greenbrae Elementary”
Former Superintendent Bob Caine writes “The trustees of the Kentfield School District faced a tough decision in the late 70’s.
The district enrollment dropped from over 1400 students in the 1960’s to only 935 in 1978. In the 1980-81 school year there were under 200 students at Greenbrae and that included all of the district’s Kindergarten students – a total of 32! After significant study and discussions the decision was made to close either Bacich or Greenbrae and in October 1981 the decision was made to close Greenbrae. For the 1981-82 school year all K-5 students attended Bacich and 6-8 students attended Kent.
For two years the district debated whether to lease or sell Greenbrae School. Real estate experts in the area predicted that families with young children would not be able to afford to move into the district. The total district enrollment continued to drop to a low of 583 in 1984 and the district sold the school site in the summer of 1984. The city of Larkspur had approved the district’s development plan that included a 1.5 acre park, appropriately later named Greenbrae School Park.
It was good fortune for me to start my teaching career teaching at Greenbrae from 1970 to 1973. It was a wonderful school built on property chosen and donated by the Schultz family. The location was safe and beautiful and the community very supportive with time and talents. So much for the real estate experts— the KSD Kindergarten enrollment this year (2013-2014) is over 150!
For more information about the decisions to close and sell Greenbrae, go to the Anthology of Historical Reflections on the KSD website and read articles written by past Trustees Randy Fong and Fred Fuchs. An excellent history of the community of Greenbrae and Greenbrae School will be available soon with the soon to be published In the Heart of Marin: The History of Kentfield and Greenbrae, California. To order a copy, go to kghs.org and save 25% if you order before April 1.”