Mount Eden High's tennis team starting playing this week on newly resurfaced courts painted in blue, one of the Hayward school's colors.

"Everybody's excited, especially the girls on the team," said Manuel Manzo, Mount Eden High athletic director.

The old courts, which were cracked and had holes, were ruled unsuitable for league games by the Hayward Area Athletic League last spring. "We had cracks that were at least 2 inches wide," Manzo said.

The courts were built at the same time as the school, in 1960, and most recently resurfaced in 2005, said Billy Martin, director of facilities and planning for district.

"We haven't been able to have our team practice or play on them since last spring at the end of the boys' season," Manzo said. (The girls team competes in the fall, and the boys in the spring.) Students practiced on the resurfaced courts for the first time Monday, followed by a competition Tuesday against Berkeley High in which Berkeley won the seven matches.

While waiting for work to be finished on the courts, the 21-member girls team had to hold two matches this season at Chabot College and move another one to Tennyson High, Manzo said.

Resurfacing work began in August. The $96,000 cost was paid for out of the maintenance assessment district budget, Martin said.

Committee considers selling former school

A committee appointed to study the feasibility of selling New Haven Unified School District properties has recommended that a former school site be sold, a district spokesman said.

The committee recommended to the New Haven school board Tuesday that the now-closed Cabello Elementary School, at 4500 Cabello St., be sold to help offset the district's budget shortfalls, New Haven spokesman Rick LaPlante said.

The district's financial woes have been caused by continuing state cuts to education, LaPlante said.

The seven-member committee -- which includes Union City parents, teachers and representatives of the business community and the school district -- met twice in late September and held a public meeting on Monday before delivering its report to the school board.

Dutra-Cerro-Graden, a Hayward-based real estate broker working with the school district, is confident that developers would be interested in the Cabello property when it becomes available, LaPlante said.

The Educational Services Center, which houses the district office at 34200 Alvarado-Niles Road, also was considered for sale. However, the committee was not convinced that selling the property was economically feasible for the district, LaPlante said

The five-member school board will consider the committee's recommendation at its Oct. 16 meeting.