A neighbor of Castilleja School has launched a petition urging city officials to crack down harder on the school, which has exceeded its city-authorized enrollment for the past decade.
In a Sept. 25 letter to Castilleja, Palo Alto Advance Planning Manager Steven Turner said the school's current headcount of 448 exceeds by 33 students the enrollment cap authorized by its city use permit, issued in 2000.
But "recognizing the hardship involved with an immediate demand to bring enrollment down to 415," Turner said the reduction could be accomplished over a period of years "through natural attrition and voluntary measures, such as acceptance of fewer new incoming students."
In addition, Turner fined the school and ordered it to implement a plan to reduce traffic, which Castilleja launched this fall and which includes a new shuttle service and other measures.
But Stan Shore, a longtime resident of Kellogg Avenue, which borders the school, said Turner should have ordered the school to cut its enrollment to 415 by next September.
"Castilleja has been over-enrolled for 10 years," Shore said in a Nov. 13 e-mail to Turner. "The school does not need and definitely does not deserve one extra day to reduce their blatant over-enrollment."
The petition, being circulated by Shore as well as nearby property owners Vic Befera and Michael Manneh, calls on the city to withdraw the school's use permit unless it cuts its enrollment from 448 to 415 by the start of the 2014-15 academic year.