This particular part of Mountain View lies within the Los Altos Elementary School District. The two nearest LASD schools, Santa Rita and Almond, which serve the children of this area, are already impacted and over-capacity (as is every one of the other six LASD schools). Getting to Santa Rita and Almond schools for Mountain View kids in this neighborhood entails risk and inconvenience. It means crossing El Camino twice each day, and walking considerable distances without school bus service — a considerable burden on their working parents.
Adding ever more high-density housing in this north-of-El Camino neighborhood without adding a local neighborhood school to serve these kids shirks responsibility. Unfortunately, MountainView seems to have side-stepped this issue. Was this need considered or even discussed by anybody in Mountain View? Lenny Siegel and his housing proponents? Planning staff and commission? City management and council? Developers? The Voice? Anyone?
LASD, including Bullis Charter, does a great job educating Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills kids. But only Springer is located within the city of Mountain View. Mountain View needs to step up and work together with LASD, to help LASD find another suitable school location within this higher-growth part of the city. The burden of solving this ever-growing capacity issue should not fall on Los Altos alone.
Frank Verlot is a former city councilman and mayor of Los Altos.
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