As a leader of the North Whisman Neighborhood Association, I have been involved with other nearby leaders to address the concern that both of our neighborhood schools (Whisman and Slater) have been closed for several years.
The citizens of Mountain View recently approved a bond measure (Measure G) to upgrade district schools and we want the Whisman-Slater area to benefit from these upgrades just as every other school in the district will. We also want a safe, local alternative for our children who attend three schools in other parts of Mountain View.
Through attendance at many school district board meetings, our neighborhood has seen little compassion or attention from the school board and administration in regard to our plight. We attribute much of this problem to the incompatibility among several of the district decision-makers who consistently bicker and bully one another when this topic arises.
The Whisman-Slater area is a part of this school district and deserves to have the same consideration as all of the other areas. Why does the Whisman-Slater have to do without a walkable neighborhood school? We must transport our children across town to various campuses and watch as our schools get passed over for renovations time after time.
Whisman-Slater parents will attend the April 17 school board meeting at the district office to present ideas and proposals on how the district can support our neighborhood. We have repeatedly urged the board to hold the meeting within our neighborhood boundaries (Highway 101, Route 85, and Route 237), in the large auditorium at the Whisman School campus. This location would be more convenient for our residents, similar to what was done in the Castro neighborhood when neighbors opposed the idea of moving the Dual Immersion program to Slater.
We are reaching out to the community to gain awareness and support for this issue. Mountain View is growing larger each day. The schools are exceeding capacity in most cases and are well over the size that was considered normal in prior years. The need exists to address our city's schools — all of them — and all neighborhoods should be treated equally regardless of economic status.
Please attend the school district board meeting April 17, especially if you live within the Whisman-Slater area, to show your support and fill the board room with concerned citizens and children. If you plan to come, please sign up on our attendance sheet at http://bit.ly/whisman-rsvp.