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Yes on Measure N

Original post made on Oct 10, 2014

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.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, October 10, 2014, 12:00 AM

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Posted by Whoever
a resident of another community
on Oct 10, 2014 at 11:05 am

This 5380 number is bogus. The LASD reported the 11th day attendance numbers as 4653 students. Last year it was 4543 on the 11th day. Watch out when a public institution cooks the numbers like this. Different numbers for different purposes. At the end of last year enrollment was up to 4660, so really enrollment at the start of this year was down from the end of last year...

Posted by Measure N is the Solution
a resident of another community
on Oct 10, 2014 at 11:35 am

Enrollment includes Bullis Charter School. Measure N is about BCS growth as much as it is about LASD growth. Enrollment growth is real and continuing. Our schools and our kids education will be impacted as a result if nothing is done. As compared to Palo Alto, Mountain View, and MV-LA, Measure N is the most detailed bond with significantly more detailed planning committees and public input. Measure N is the only solution and the right solution.

Posted by enrollment growth
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Oct 10, 2014 at 11:45 am

Something does not compute.
The Town Crier just posted a story about LASD converting to full-day kindergarten this year. The TC didn't mention the cost (in terms of personnel and the facilities needs) of such move, but Measure N advertisements all talk about "relieving overcrowding". Did we just create this "overcrowding" problem so that we can pass a $150 million bond? And if the growth indeed is all absorbed by BCS, why aren't the Facilities Master Planning committee actively discussing the details of BCS' facilities needs instead of existing campus improvements such as solar panels, larger Multi-purpose Rooms and new libraries?

Posted by Growth is real. yes on N
a resident of another community
on Oct 10, 2014 at 2:00 pm

All day kindergarten does not add to overcrowding as the kinders are separated from the main school. All day kinder was well researched by the assistant superintendent and discussed at length with the community. Democracy in action.

Growth is in the LASD schools too, not just BCS, with over 100 new LASD kids this year. The growth is real. BCS will cap off and families will still move here for our schools. The Facility Master Planning Committee will be discussing the facility priorities of all schools, including BCS.

Posted by Whoever
a resident of another community
on Oct 10, 2014 at 2:31 pm

The interesting thing about the San Antonio Center surrounding area student growth is that it has slowed down! From 2012 to 2013, it actually declined by a dozen kids. More importantly, while it was over 6 percent per year from 1996 to 2003, it declined to only 3.5% per year from 2002 to 2012. Quite a difference! The district-wide growth has only been 3.2% per year since 2003. It's totally wrong to say this area is the MAJOR contributor to ongoing growth.

On the other hand, there were enough kids in the area to merit their own school by 2004. Why has LASD sat on its hands since then? Is it serious about providing a fully functional school equal to the three different schools where the kids are sent now? Otherwise, how can it justify this blatant discrimination? The San Antonio Center area is a major contributor in property tax revenue to LASD. These kids deserve equal access to the same type of school as LASD has at 9 existing locations. If they are going to put 6000 square foot theater/auditiorum/gym combos at the schools in Los Altos, so too must they in Mountain View. If they are going to spend $3 Million per school providing 'outdoor adventure experiences' for recess at the Los Altos schools, then so too must they in Mountain View. Let's have no second class citizens.

Posted by LASD Growth is real
a resident of another community
on Oct 10, 2014 at 4:33 pm

LASD enrollment growth is not just coming from San Antonio. A majority of the growth has occurred across the district outside of NEC from new families moving into houses, no one but you tried to claim otherwise. LASD has not ignored nor "discriminated" (ugly choice of word there you used) against NEC. Mountain View is high in the list of figuring out realistic possibilities and communication with the city council and balanced Mountain View has been good. Have you talked with NEC families? From conversations I've heard a lot of Santa Rita and Covington families are happy as a community with their school. Frankly it's up to them to work with the district to convey their desires and concerns for a local school, not you.

Posted by Whoever
a resident of another community
on Oct 10, 2014 at 7:51 pm

That's what the white southerners said about the black families whose kids were assigned to vastly inferior schools in rundown buildings and with unqualified teachers. "But they like their schools. Leave us alone. We aren't hurting anything." This is discrimination pure and simple. Not only are the kids deprived of a local neighborhood school for school day uses, but they are also deprived of the after school programs and playground in their neighborhood for their use afternoons, evenings and weekends. You can't back out of this by declaring the victims of the discrimination are enjoying it. The parents at Almond and Santa Rita view these kids as interlopers based on their sheer number. They don't hate the individual students but they hate the traffic dropping off kids at their school. They don't like the large volume of families who don't live in their neighborhoods. We can do better than this.

Posted by Where is Roode?
a resident of another community
on Oct 10, 2014 at 8:40 pm

Wow, is that really David Roode speaking from the heart? Seek out some help please, for your own sake.

Posted by BCS Parent
a resident of another community
on Oct 10, 2014 at 11:17 pm

I agree with Whoever. We need to get those MV students out of those elite LASD schools. They bring our scores down. We try to keep them out of BCS, but a few managed to slip in. :(

I'm not going to vote for this bond unless they guarantee that they build a school on the other side of El Camino for their kids.

Posted by Whoever
a resident of another community
on Oct 11, 2014 at 1:14 am

The schools don't need to be on any particular side of El Camino. Historically the school that served the San Antonio Center area was in Los Altos, but close to El Camino. That would be a perfect solution. The land in Los Altos is actually less expensive than what is found in MV, slightly. in Los Altos you just need to look at land which does not border San Antonio Road or El Camino, and you could get less a less expensive site for a school Just $8 Million per acre. The school in question should be every bit as nice as any other LASD school, on a similarly medium traffic street with nice buildings and a nice playground.

The simplest solution is to buy land near Egan and operate that combined with the current LASD-owned land. If that land could be closer to El Camino, so much the better. Either side of San Antonio could work as well, though not so good for operating jointly with Egan if that far away.

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