Enrollment in the Los Altos School District has burgeoned in recent years, and continues to grow. At 5,380 students, it is the highest it's been in 40 years, according to a task force that studied enrollment growth and reviewed options to address it. The big difference in the enrollment situation the district was in 40 years ago and that which it finds itself in today is that in the 1970s, the district had 12 schools to house its students. Today, it has only nine.
Voters this fall will be asked to approve Measure N, a $150 million bond measure that would go far in addressing the district's enrollment dilemma. Along with helping to fund acquisition of a new school site and creation of new space on existing campuses, the passage of bond Measure N might even strengthen a now-tenuous new detente between the district and Bullis Charter School, which have locked horns in recent years over the housing of the charter school. Officials and parents of both the district and Bullis have joined forces to campaign for the bond measure's passage.
If Measure N passes, property owners would annually pay $30 per $100,000 of assessed value on their property. The district has in place a 28-member committee charged with identifying potential facilities projects to be financed with bond revenue, should the measure pass. The committee includes district parents, representatives of community organizations, and residents of all three towns within the district boundaries: Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.
The time has come to address current and near-future overcrowding on the district's nine campuses. The Voice urges Los Altos School District voters to support Measure N.