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Fitting a new Whisman school into the budget

Original post made on Apr 3, 2015

Time is money for school districts looking to build new classrooms and upgrade infrastructure, as construction costs in the Bay Area are soaring toward levels rivaling those of the dot-com era. The Mountain View Whisman School District is seeking to develop plans post-haste to improve all eight of its schools, plus add a new one.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, April 3, 2015, 1:29 PM

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Posted by New Parent
a resident of Rex Manor
on Apr 3, 2015 at 10:23 pm

"The Stevenson school community has a stated goal to increase its socio-economically disadvantaged enrollment up to 20 percent from 13.4 percent." Stevenson owe us an answer on how exactly the school can shift the number if the lottery system is fair and transparent.

Theuerkauf is failing and the district need to fix the problem.


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Posted by Lani
a resident of another community
on Apr 7, 2015 at 12:25 pm

Question, is Stevenson School the same as PACT school?


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Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Apr 7, 2015 at 1:49 pm

@Lani Yes. Stevenson is the school site for the PACT Choice Program. The Stevenson/District Office/Theuerkauf property is 16.9 AC total. It abutts a very small City owned slice of parkland.

The Stevenson contingent is discussing how The Board might alter the public policy that sets the terms of Choice. That Policy is not under control of Stevenson, but it is under the control of a majority of the elected Board.

Theruekauf is to get a funding increase (about 18%) for it's high-need students under Local Control Funding Formula. With good focused programs - this should allow it to increase it's kids learning.

SN is a member of the elected MVWSD Board


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Posted by Lani
a resident of another community
on Apr 7, 2015 at 4:18 pm

@ Mr. Nelson. Why isn't the board in control of the Strevenson / PACT program. Who overseas this program as I've read many comments here from various parents. It's confusing I thought MVSD was public. Mr. Nelson. please explain how in a public school there could be a lottery system in place?


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Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Apr 7, 2015 at 4:57 pm

There are and have been lottery programs (random selection) for many programs that have oversubscribed applications. 6 or 7 years ago there were 30 more K applications for Theuerkauf than there were spaces. If you are askng for admission to a particular program, you may get second-choice, rather than your first choice. This happens in a few cases for Neighborhood Choice also - which is one reason why Boundaries are being studied.
The administration oversees operations, the board establishes policy.


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Posted by Greg
a resident of Monta Loma
on Mar 20, 2017 at 8:20 pm

So what did the school board do with the superintendent's proposal last Thursday night to extend the private lease for Whisman School? It was discussed in secret session. Anybody know? Anybody talking?


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Posted by Interested Observer
a resident of another community
on Mar 22, 2017 at 8:58 pm

Why is this thread even here? The original article appeared in 2015!!


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Posted by Greg
a resident of Monta Loma
on Apr 9, 2017 at 9:21 am

What happened to the talk (in 2015) of re-opening Whisman School?


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Posted by Abigail
a resident of Willowgate
on Apr 9, 2017 at 4:47 pm

They decided to build a new school at Slater instead.


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Posted by Greg
a resident of Monta Loma
on Apr 9, 2017 at 8:04 pm

But they rented Slater too. Where will they build? In the tiny parking lot?


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Posted by dk
a resident of Slater
on Apr 9, 2017 at 9:31 pm

@Greg

The plan is to build the new school on the football / softball fields. You can see draft designs on the mvwsd.org Web Link


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