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District seeks parents to help with new school

Original post made on Nov 29, 2012

The Palo Alto school district is seeking parent applicants for a committee to help determine a location for a new elementary school. The Elementary School Site Location Advisory Committee will evaluate two sites for use as a neighborhood school or a "choice" school.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, November 29, 2012, 9:50 AM

Comments

Posted by KP, a resident of South of Midtown
on Nov 29, 2012 at 1:58 pm

This goes back to "Why are we building more housing?!"
This makes absolutely NO SENSE.


Posted by herstory buff, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 29, 2012 at 4:24 pm

What would a moratorium on housing achieve, other than to artificially inflate housing prices.

Fact is, more people work here than live here, can afford to live here, and want to cut down their commute. There are also many immigrants here, and they are having more than two children, sometimes four or five. That tends to fill up schools without an increase in housing. In addition, the echo boom of the baby boom are now having children. We need more housing, we need more schools. It is called growth.


Posted by anonymous, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Nov 30, 2012 at 8:08 am

Please do NOT alter school attendance boundaries in a nutty way; this means maintaining sensible routes such as the opportunity to walk down a street to the elementary school (a route that currently exists)rather than a bureaucratic re-setting involving a long trek, crossing a major street, to get to a newly opened school.


Posted by Palo Alto Native, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 30, 2012 at 8:38 am

What's with the statement of immigrants having more than two children?! If it's Asian immigrants, the poster is clearly incorrect!

Ohlone should move to Greendell and Ohlone campus should become a neighborhood school. Greendell has a large parking lot for commuters. Garland would be a poor selection due to traffic from Jordan already. There is only one drop-off location for Garland (the front) so there will be traffic back-ups.

Or perhaps they should squash choice schools and make them all neighborhood schools. Choice schools were initiated when enrollment was down.

PAUSD definitely should not have to welcome EPA students anymore. When enrollment was down, it didn't matter, but we have no more room for non-residents to attend our schools.


Posted by palo alto mom, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Nov 30, 2012 at 9:17 am

Mandarin Immersion and Spanish Immersion should move to Greendell. Ohlone should stay as a choice school and be able to expand to fill the departure of the MI students (Ohlone has a long waiting list).

Greendell is the ideal site for a "commuter" school - which the choice schools are by definition.

Garland could be used to expand Jordan reducing or eliminating the need for another middle school. Put the 6th graders at Garland, 7th and 8th at Jordan.