SAN MATEO -- San Mateo Union High School District Superintendent Scott Laurence will recommend at a board of trustees meeting March 7 that the district buy a property to house Peninsula High School, which sits in an outmoded facility high in the San Bruno hills.

The long-awaited recommendation will provide varying measures of relief to parents of students at Hillsdale and San Mateo high schools, some of whom reacted with outrage last year upon learning that the district was considering building a new facility for its continuation school on one of those two campuses.

"I think it's the best decision," Laurence said Friday. "We have a pretty good idea of what's on the market."

The superintendent will recommend San Mateo High as a backup plan if the district cannot find a suitable piece of property. Hillsdale High has been ruled out as an option, Laurence said, because the Bay Meadows development is expected to cause a spike in enrollment there.

The last resort would be for the district to keep Peninsula where it is and upgrade the facility, which formerly housed Crestmoor High School.

Laurence will make his recommendation during a study session March 7. The meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the theater at Aragon High School, located at 900 Alameda de las Pulgas in San Mateo.

To read the full staff report, visit the district's website at www.smuhsd.org and click on "Board Agenda" in the left-hand column.

Contact Aaron Kinney at 650-348-4357. Follow him at Twitter.com/kinneytimes.