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Amid tensions with school district, city of Mountain View considers pulling out of school field deal

Original post made on Sep 11, 2023

In a sign of further fraying relations, the city is considering terminating a more than six-decade agreement with the Mountain View Whisman School District for the joint operation of campus fields.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, September 11, 2023, 1:54 PM

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Posted by SalsaMusic
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Sep 11, 2023 at 4:54 pm

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well this all seems silly. Figure it out guys. The city should mow the lawns. The schools should focus on reading. The rest is details.

Posted by SalsaMusic
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Sep 11, 2023 at 4:55 pm

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how is it possible that Supt rudolf didn't know the city was considering ending the JUA if...he wrote a letter suggesting it? lol Was he not familiar with the options he presented to the city for consideration?

Posted by SalsaMusic
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Sep 11, 2023 at 4:57 pm

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good article zoe! very well thought out and balanced. nice.

Posted by Anthony
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Sep 11, 2023 at 5:02 pm

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The district pulls out of negotiations then writes a letter proposing that they terminate the JUA? Sounds like the district is at fault here and Rudolph is now trying to spin it as coming out of no where.

Reading the letter: The district objects that the city is subsidizing AYSO and Little League. The district proposes to jack up rental rates from $2 to $24 an hour. MVWSD: Always putting kids first.

Posted by SRB
a resident of St. Francis Acres
on Sep 11, 2023 at 5:05 pm

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It's unclear if the City wants to terminate the agreement right away or let it run its course to 2025 and not renew it. Either way, fairly silly to not use a full other year to patch things up. Poor leadership example for our kids.

Posted by LongResident
a resident of another community
on Sep 11, 2023 at 6:53 pm

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The current agreement can't be terminated really. The district pulled out of the negotiations to renew and rightly acknowledges that it has an obligation to the community to provide field access off hours. It underestimates the cost of maintaining the fields but specifically volunteered that it could do this cheaper than the city does and it doesn't really value that $2 million contribution each year from the city.

This is all related to MVWSD overinflating the potential school growth from new housing. It's trying to get the city to provide it with added lands and wants to hold out the idea of building an entire new school on the fields at Monta Loma which is ridiculous. If it has to build a new school on existing land, it could easily build it along side the school that it rents out over by Whisman Park which is mostly owned by the district. It's also got a bug up inside itself about the Shoreline agreement allegedly reducing its tax revenue.

Posted by Steve
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Sep 12, 2023 at 7:59 am

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School District is flexing over the whole fence thing at Monta Loma and changing of the signs. Good luck finding workers that will take care of such a vast park system without it looking like a park in San Jose. On that note the City Parks have been looking shabby for quite some time especially Eagle Park. The filed used to be shutdown in sections to repair and encourage growth. The new supervisor apparently stopped this practice. Bad move. With the abolishment of the roadway crew and the amount of parks workers these parks should be pristine. Or is parks dept. deliberately letting them go to the way side? Either way school district is getting in over their heads. They want something here that has not come to grab?

Posted by District watcher
a resident of Rex Manor
on Sep 12, 2023 at 9:13 am

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Leave it to Rudolph to destroy a decades long partnership with the City of Mountain View...

Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Sep 12, 2023 at 1:49 pm

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Superintendent Rudolph - allowed by the majority of his governing Board - is acting in an immature and community-destroying way. This, MVWSD School Board, is not how to "build community'.

Reign in the personally arrogance of Rudolph. He has already (for once) publicly admitted that he botched the Monta Loma field-and-fence change experiments. Rudolph has pretty much proven now - that he is incompetent at land-use Administration and Land Use Planning.

If Rudolph is allowed to personally ransack, through mismanagement, this "Town and Gown" award-winning aspect of our town / the Board should 1) take him out of the negotiation / and negotiate with the Mayor and City Council directly.

2) or can Rudolph - Good By, Good Riddance!

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