Town Square

School Bond: $200 M with no Citizens Facility Committee?

Original post made by Steven Nelson, Cuesta Park, on Jan 23, 2012

The MVWSD is tearing ahead with plans for a $200 Million school
expansion and improvement bond - led by Trustee Fiona Walter and
Superintendent Craig Goldman. I'm in favor of schools improvement,
but I REALLY believe that citizen input to improve the $432 Million
Facility Plan is needed first.

What do you think? Was a 2 Board, 3 Administrator, 4 Architect SFIP
Committee the final say in how we should spend? What about a
"7-11 Committee" like the CA Dept. of Education recommends as
"best practice" for a community? The SFIP does not have any money
for reopening a neighborhood school in Whisman/Slatter area. Is that
fine to bus the kids from that area? That area has as many minors in the
population as the Huff Census Tract (2010 data).

Should all expansion be done on the current elementary sites?
Should the Whisman School lease be recaptured in 2014 (midterm
option)? Should we get back that school for 460 students?

The Voter Opinion Survey just completed shows there is no significant
difference if a vote is taken June (no citizen "7-11 Committee") or
November (plenty of time for formal community committee reporting to
the Board).


 +   Like this comment
Posted by Observer
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jan 24, 2012 at 10:29 am

Funny how the Voice is never around to report on important issues like this one.