Original post made by Old Palo Alto on Nov 10, 2013
on Nov 10, 2013 at 8:07 am
It seems the threat of a $300,000 fine does not worry Castilleja administrators. Nor do they care about being good neighbors. It is high time to raise the penalty to something closer to $1,000,000
on Nov 10, 2013 at 1:30 pm
To me this is pretty simple, Casti has plenty of money and can afford its staffing levels without growing and even if they shrink to the size they are supposed to be. They should reduce their enrollment in two ways:
Allow student attrition until that grade level is at 60 students or less (no one comes off the waiting list).
Admit 60 students for its incoming 6th grade class.
This will bring the enrollment down to the level they are supposed to be at without actually asking students to leave (which would be unfair).
on Nov 11, 2013 at 9:43 am
It is time for Castilleja School to find a new leader who will come clean with the truth to the community and stop the shenanigans. The school leadership, unbeknownst to many including many it's own trustees let alone tuition paying Castilleja parents, attempted to coerce the neighbors and subsequently the City into increasing their officially permitted enrollment to 510 students from the officially permitted enrollment of 415 students. The school this year is 33 students over the existing permit at 448 students.
They publicly failed, and were found to deceptive and untruthful in their tactics. As a result, they are being forced to retrench and reduce enrollment back to the original 415 students as mandated by the City years ago. Besides the $300,000 penalty, the ruling will cost the school millions of dollars in tuition and gifts in the years ahead, making this blunder a fiscal disaster as well as a public relations one.
Some words of advice to the Castilleja trustees - come clean to the community, admit your mistakes, and do the right thing. Retrench to 415, start consolidating your budget and finances, and move on. Castilleja will survive and eventually prosper once again, just as it has for over 100 years. If your current school head cannot do the right thing, ask her to move on and find a new head of school who will, with both good character and clean conscience.