Minecki said strict criterion must be met before state funds would be available for such a project. Public acceptance is among the requirements, she said. Norris said the Antelope Valley’s comparatively cheap real estate makes the notion of ownership viable. The schools would be designed to create an environment that closely resembling a traditional school. Several contract schools now exist in storefronts, and the county’s main Antelope Valley campus, Technology Drive Community Day School, is run out of a church. “Aesthetics are important,” Norris said. “If we don’t care enough to build you a school, do we really care enough about you to salvage you?” [email protected] (661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – Los Angeles County’s Office of Education will not build an alternative education school on an east Palmdale parcel near McAdam Park, officials told the Daily News on Monday. Citing public safety concerns regarding its proximity to a public recreation area, the Office of Education has abandoned its plan to build on 4.25 acres on 30th Street East and Palmdale Boulevard. The office operates 10 contract alternative schools that serve 300 Antelope Valley high school and middle school students, most of whom have been expelled by local districts or have troubled backgrounds. “Safety concerns at that site were difficult to address,” Office of Education spokeswoman Margo Minecki said Monday. “we’re no longer pursuing it.” County education officials have received a list of about a half-dozen other parcels at unspecified sites, all approximately 4 to 41/2 acres, said James Norris, an Office of Education principal who oversees all 10 Antelope Valley schools. “The city was concerned and is concerned about the potential use of that site since it’s so close to a park,” Palmdale City Manager Steve Williams said. “We’re glad to see that they’re looking at other locations.” The Office of Education is also seeking to build an alternative school in Lancaster. The schools would be called Antelope Valley Academy Palmdale and Antelope Valley Academy Lancaster. Each could serve approximately 125 students. Finding appropriate sites is still in the works for both schools. It would take at least a year to finalize deals and another two years before they were finished, Norris said. “We know the city of Palmdale wants (an alternative contract school) and we’re happy to provide it as long as we find the right place for it,” Minecki said.