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Where to draw the line?

Original post made on Jan 29, 2015

School boundaries in Mountain View aren't working particularly well for the Mountain View Whisman School District. Officials with the district laid out the problems one by one in a task force meeting Tuesday, as they made the case for re-drawing the lines to better reflect the changing population.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, January 29, 2015, 8:15 PM

Comments (8)

Posted by Canela
a resident of Rex Manor
on Jan 29, 2015 at 9:42 pm

Are these meetings public? I'd like to attend (just to hear the conversation) but there is no info on

Posted by Cleave Frink
a resident of Willowgate
on Jan 29, 2015 at 10:54 pm

Yes these are public meetings and the public is welcome to attend and have a scheduled time for comments (and are usually provided opportunities for input throughout the meetings.) They're held at the District office. On their website, info can be found under District>Committees>Boundary Task Force. Here's a direct link: Web Link

Posted by xyz parent
a resident of Rex Manor
on Jan 30, 2015 at 12:24 pm

Choice program could be a solution;

kid’s performance of the choice program speaks for itself.

If PACT is allow taking over the Theuerkauf’s school, you can fill up the place and still has a waitlist. Solution is available; please do things to meet the demands of the public. Why keep a school where no parent wants to send their kids. Many people don't mind crossing the town to drop of their kids if they can send their kids to the school they want. Yes, it's difficult to fight traffic everyday. Yes, you will have less time to sleep. Yes, life is tough. For parenst who care about their kid's eduation, distance is the never the top of the list item to worry about.

I really want to know if there are real parents have different opinions.

Posted by Greg Coladonato
a resident of Slater
on Jan 30, 2015 at 1:03 pm

Greg Coladonato is a registered user.

The BATF meeting of January 27th was videoed by the district, and is available here: Web Link

Posted by Well and Good
a resident of Waverly Park
on Jan 30, 2015 at 3:06 pm

It's great that parents are willing to drive all over MV to get their kids into a higher performing school - except when it displaces people who live in the neighborhood of that school. Let's not forget to mention the impact to the environment, traffic congestion and most importantly the safety of neighborhood kids who walk or bike to school. I witness daily, aggressive drivers who are late for work, speeding through neighborhoods- putting the safety of neighbor hood kids at risk.

If parents actually kept their high performing students in their neighborhood schools, test score averages would come up and so would the profile of the school. Look at what has happened to Graham over the years as people choose to keep their kids in the school.

Posted by William Hitchens
a resident of Waverly Park
on Jan 30, 2015 at 3:20 pm

As long as the City Council irresponsibly keeps approving new housing construction willy-nilly throughout the city, the School District is faced with two moving targets --- school district lines, and total student number projections. Before recommending and approving new housing construction, the Planning Commission and the City Counsel MUST consult first with the School District to make sure that it has both the financial resources and classroom space to accommodate the new students that construction will add to our schools.

Posted by Cleave Frink
a resident of Willowgate
on Jan 30, 2015 at 3:33 pm

Mr. Hitchens, it doesn't appear from the data we've been presented (and you can check for yourself as it's publicly available) that the new construction is the kind of construction preferred by families or that the folks moving here are starting families. Although there was a slight bump in the past, that seems to have subsided and the children from that increase are working their way through the grades. Future enrollment is flat even despite the coming new construction. At least that's what the data tells. Sure, anything could happen but we can't really prepare for anything. We can only prepare for what we know and what we expect.

Posted by Plan for growth
a resident of Monta Loma
on Feb 2, 2015 at 2:56 pm

Unfortunately, the demographers only used data projections to conjecture that the future student growth will be flat. They did not go out into the community and measure the actual numbers of new students the new developments are bringing in. They also missed at least 100 new planned units in their supposedly "complete" list.

As the quality of the schools improve, fewer and fewer parents are choosing private school. Currently only 5000 of the 7000 school-age students in MV attend public school. If that starts to shift, our numbers will spike. Even though the number of students in the district has increased by 75 - 100 students per year for the last 4 years, the projections are that the numbers are flat or decreasing.

The number of school-age children in MV is expected to reach 7760 by 2019, yet the demographers "high" projection only has the number of students increasing by 280 by 2019 for a total student population of 5266. When you consider the capacity of most of our schools should be around 500, that is a big number.

Keep in mind, the district's overall capacity currently is 4957 students, and this year's enrollment was 5028, so we are already at our limits.

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