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Whisman near decision on boundary change

Original post made on Nov 29, 2011

The superintendent of the Mountain View Whisman School District is confident that the community approves of his district's plan to reorganize the attendance boundaries of three local schools.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 10:15 AM

Comments (14)

Posted by mom, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 29, 2011 at 4:58 pm

mvwsd just doesn't know what to do with themselves. If you'd left things the way they were 4 years ago you'd have Slater School.
How sad that one program the PACT was allowed to disrupt all the kids and schools.


Posted by Whisman?, a resident of Gemello
on Nov 29, 2011 at 5:31 pm

Why does the headline refer to MVWSD as "Whisman"? The Whisman School District ceased to exist more than 10 years ago.

The Mountain View School District and the Whisman School District merged to form the Mountain View Whisman School District after a ballot measure in 2000.


Posted by gcoladon, a resident of North Whisman
on Nov 29, 2011 at 6:12 pm

gcoladon is a registered user.

@ mom, could you please elaborate on how you think "PACT was allowed to disrupt all the kids and schools"? I only moved to MV 2 years ago, and do not know all the history.

Thank you


Posted by MV resident, a resident of North Whisman
on Nov 29, 2011 at 9:37 pm

It wasn't PACT that disrupted the schools. PACT had no desire to move from Slater, but then-acting superintendent Eleanor Yick and the "geniuses" on the school board thought it was so-o-o-o clever to move PACT to Castro in order to cover up Castro's lousy test scores. Needless to say that turned into the complete fiasco everyone else knew it would be and the district ended up opening a school (Stevenson) just for PACT.

If the school closure had been based on proximity as it should have been they would have closed Huff which is only a couple of blocks from Bubb. Of course you'll never hear that from Goldman who was principal of Huff at the time.


Posted by YEAH!, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 30, 2011 at 6:59 am

I'm VERY glad that kids will now have a better opportunity to attend their neighborhood schools. BRAVO!


Posted by Interested Observer , a resident of another community
on Dec 1, 2011 at 1:14 am

To MV Resident: if you analyzed the scores at Slater School, you'd quickly learn that the PACT program "covered up" the lousy scores of the neighborhood students. Student achievement at Castro was much higher than Slater .....once you excluded the PACT student scores. PACT was not moved to Castro to improve scores!!


Posted by Ned, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Dec 1, 2011 at 6:53 am

I've been listening to this tune for over 20 years. Mountain View scores are low at most schools due to nearly 50% enrollment of illegals and anchor babies. The City has done a great job of encouraging their illegal behavior, so now property owner are stuck trying to get their kids into whatever program, PACT or DI, or school, Huff, Bubb, that have decent scores. We should all thank the city government for the situation. It is they that have encouraged the Day Worker Center and other policies that will only keep the schools at the bottom of the pile.


Posted by Lois, a resident of Cuernavaca
on Dec 1, 2011 at 3:13 pm

PACT!! PACT!!! self serving program for parents with to much time on there hands. District gave them there own school at the cost of every student, teacher, working parent and redistricting our neighborhoods.


Posted by MV resident, a resident of North Whisman
on Dec 1, 2011 at 8:51 pm

"Student achievement at Castro was much higher than Slate once you excluded PACT"

Castro had the lowest test scores in the district by far, period. The year after PACT moved there they went way up. Do the math.

"PACT!! PACT!!! self serving program for parents with to much time on there hands. District gave them there own school at the cost of every student, teacher, working parent and redistricting our neighborhoods."

Once again this was an outgrowth of the original incredibly stupid decisioin to close Slater and move PACT to Castro, then touted by the district as a "magnet school" bwahaha. PACT was never bucking for its own school. In fact PACT for a long time was disdained by the district office who didn't like the idea that parents might actually know what is best for their own kids. The best thing the district can do is give the parents as much choice as possible - PACT, neighborhood schools, DI, CEL etc. and then get out of the way.


Posted by Mom, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Dec 2, 2011 at 8:50 am

PACT biggest mistake was giving then (parents) control!!


Posted by MV Mama, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Dec 2, 2011 at 8:53 pm

mom/Lois/Mom, why the hatred for PACT? You always hop on these posts to rail against the program with a string of incoherent rants. It's tiring. Yawn.


Posted by Interested Observer , a resident of another community
on Dec 2, 2011 at 9:14 pm

To MV Resident: when the PACT program was created, it was under the auspices of the original Mountain View Elementary District. It was deliberately placed at Slater School to improve student achievement scores. Again, if you have access to and analyze the scores of neighborhood Slater students, excluding the PACT students, they were lower than the scores of neighborhood students at Castro, excluding the DI program. When the decision was made to close Slater, many schools wanted the PACT program relocated to their site - namely, Landels and Castro - not because of test scores per se but because of increased parent involvement, which impacts everyone at a school.


Posted by Caryl, a resident of St. Francis Acres
on Dec 28, 2011 at 5:05 pm

To parents of PACT it seems your program doesn't provide equal resources to all public school students. Sounds like a privet school within our public schools. Am I wrong here?


Posted by children aren't test scores, a resident of North Whisman
on Jul 30, 2012 at 9:43 am

Why are we so focused on test scores?? The district messed up when it closed Slater...it should not have closed any school! Obviously, since it just had to reopen one soon after. Masking low scores...really? Declining enrollment...really? The Slater neighborhood lost a vital community base. Our children suffered and still do. Our families suffered and still do. Not many children are going to remember their test scores...but they will remember their school. I am thankful my children have their memories of the wonderful Slater School, but I wish all of the children in this neighborhood could also.


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