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Mountain View Whisman School board balks at safe parking program for homeless students

Original post made on Sep 23, 2019

Mountain View Whisman school board members rejected the idea of offering homeless students a safe parking program at one of the city's middle schools, citing the logistical challenges of supporting families living in RVs.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, September 23, 2019, 12:24 PM

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Posted by Poor Rudolph!
a resident of Shoreline West
on Sep 23, 2019 at 2:28 pm

Poor Rudolph, striving to attack these big ticket items in order to distract from the fact that he isn't capable of actually doing the work of a superintendent: manage programs with available funds, increase learning in general and specifically for the district's ELL population, grow a decent leadership team both in the back office and in schools, etc.

Well no gold star here.

Now how about fixing the problems at Vargas? Getting rid of portables at all schools? Improving student test scores?

I thought his big raise was based on amazing improvements which were to be released soon. Board president Wilson, where is the data?

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Posted by Mistral Parent
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Sep 23, 2019 at 4:04 pm

This is a pure PR and feel good move by an activist School Board while the schools turn out mediocre performance year after year and chaos abounds in virtually every other function.

Meanwhile at Mistral we are stuck with an incompetent principal in way over her head who only targets kids rather than solving issues and raising children to their potential. Disgraceful. A complete disaster. This is what happens when you chase away an honest, dedicated, hardworking, professional and way more qualified principal and put a crony in her place.

Don't get me started on all the fat cat raises that are passed out. Rudolph, Ghysels, Bauer... they all need to go!

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Posted by reader
a resident of Waverly Park
on Sep 23, 2019 at 4:10 pm

Leave it to the MVWSD trustees to take a pressing issue, say that it's "morally the right thing to do" and then do the opposite, giving a bunch of dumb excuses. I've seen this too many times before. "We'd really like to....but we can't"

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Posted by Mistral parent X3
a resident of Castro City
on Sep 23, 2019 at 7:39 pm

To Mistral Parent....please spare me the negative talk of Ms. Miller...she had to come in and clean house from the years of incompetence that started when Judy Crates left. This article has nothing to do with Mistral but somehow you found a way to bring it up in a negative light. Marcela?? By the way, nobody (parents, colleagues and former students) do NOT miss her (you).

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Posted by Josh
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Sep 23, 2019 at 9:40 pm

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Focus on schooling children. And keeping them safe. Oppose increased demand for public schools stemming from more office space and residents in the city. South county has room. North county doesn't.

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Posted by Entitled
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Sep 23, 2019 at 11:20 pm

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Posted by Cfrink
a resident of Willowgate
on Sep 24, 2019 at 12:31 am

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This is an unfortunate outcome. Many, if not most, of these students who are affected by this lived in Mountain View housing and somehow got displaced. Now they’re struggling in vehicle dwellings. It’s quite the challenge to be homeless as an adult, let alone with children in school. I applaud the Board for considering the effort and the Superintendent for sparking the interest. I’m hopeful that the affected children and their families can find a way to remain local and safe and somehow find housing.

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Posted by Another MIstral Parent
a resident of Castro City
on Sep 24, 2019 at 7:03 am

There's no point focusing on RV parking when the basics of running the schools is failing. It's the equivalent of yelling squirrel!

I agree Mistral and Graham, like the rest of the district, is a mess. Principals and Vice Principals and teachers change yearly offering no stability while cronies from Rudolph's former district from South Carolina are imported in. What once was a thriving program is now in ruins with parents leaving.

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Posted by MVResident2008
a resident of Monta Loma
on Sep 24, 2019 at 8:27 am

All that money spent on RV parking brings more 'homeless':
Web Link
Meanwhile our seniors retiring out after multi decades of contributions to the city face a six year waiting list to even be considered for affordable housing and their grandchildren can't even get a decent school.

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Posted by sorry, not very pc
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Sep 24, 2019 at 2:00 pm

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Okay, here is my new idea, let's ask RV'ers, should they open their doors, to move from Eagle Park (Shoreline Blvd) and elsewhere to a school parking lots assuming they have school age children. Genius!

Pouring human waste down sewers, failure to self-identify is not a human right. Holy cow, the answer is no. Turning schools into mobile encampments is not a solution, it's a problem. Should it come to pass, hopefully there will be a free needle exchange program and mobile showers in the parking lots. With Megan's law, we could post pictures of local sex offenders in every classroom. It could motivate the children, while not scared walking through the parking lots with their parents, to work hard in school. Sex offenders, drug users have children too. Self identification is pretty important.

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Posted by Josh
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Sep 24, 2019 at 2:42 pm

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Don't forget the office space at City Hall. And the underground parking at City Hall. And the police department lot. Plenty of room overnight.
Getting anyone to leave in the morning could be a challenge. Maybe hire that self-help, short-term rental lady (that got arrested) to move them along each morning!

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Posted by CR parent
a resident of Rex Manor
on Sep 25, 2019 at 7:53 pm

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"Leave it to the MVWSD trustees to take a pressing issue, say that it's "morally the right thing to do" and then do the opposite, giving a bunch of dumb excuses. I've seen this too many times before. "We'd really like to....but we can't""

I have personally driven in and through the parking lots at both middle schools, the District Office and most of the elementary schools, I suggest you do the same.

When I look at the access in these many parking lots, what I see is that we could support quite a few CARS overnight if every school lot were opened up to such students. Cars are not a real physical problem.

The thing is, that as far as we have been able to determine, there are only TWO such cars with an MVWSD enrolled student living in them. Dr. Rudolph has already said that if all we had to deal with were cars, the problem would be a lot easier to solve.

Worse off yet, are the bulk of homeless students living in rented motor homes that they can't move from where the owners parked them. All they have are door keys and cannot drive the motor homes anywhere.

If you drive into the parking lots (even the biggest ones at the 2 middle schools) and you try to imagine motor homes driving in and somehow parking in a manner that allows other motor homes to enter and leave, as they need to, you would see how those motor homes would unavoidably block FIRE LANES all over the place.

It would simply not be safe for anyone to park more than about 3-4 motor homes at each middle school and maybe one or two at a few of the elementary schools.

At some of the schools and at the District Office, the parking lots cannot even get a motor home into and through the parking lots without driving in the fire lane, let alone park even one motor home without blocking the fire lanes.

This is simply a fact and has nothing to do with politics or how anyone feels about the Super or District Staff.

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Posted by Christopher Chiang
a resident of North Bayshore
on Sep 25, 2019 at 8:39 pm

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It's commendable that the superintendent and school board are trying to do something for our most vulnerable students. And they made the right decision that student RVs on campus have too many variables to work well.

There are other things that are worth doing immediately, depending on the needs.
If students are coming to school unclean:
1) Expand campus washing machines and dryers (if needed, some mv schools already have this)
2) Providing clean donated clothes
3) Installing a shower in the administrative office bathroom, example of schools doing this: Web Link

If students are falling behind based on lack of resources:
1) Work with broadband providers to provided hopstops, examples of schools doing this: Web Link

Longer term:
Support housing growth in MV.

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