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With school closures looming, Ravenswood district to hold series of public meetings

Original post made on Oct 28, 2019

With declining enrollment putting increasing pressure on the Ravenswood City School District's budget, school officials are starting to seek public feedback about closing one or two schools next fall.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, October 28, 2019, 1:53 PM

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Posted by Need2DoBetter4OurKids
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Oct 28, 2019 at 3:45 pm

Absorp Ravenswood into Palo Alto and Menlo Park is the best answer for the kids. Unfortunately, this option won't even be considered due to politics.

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Posted by Community Member
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Oct 28, 2019 at 7:01 pm

Merging Ravenswood with Palo Alto or Menlo Park schools would do little, since neither org has shown any ability to teach low income students. Just look at their CAASPP scores.

An idea that could work would be to replace all Ravenswood district schools with charters, and to recruit the area's best charters to open schools there. This would bring in orgs that actually know how to educate low income students, and at least give Ravenswood families a chance.

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Posted by Need2DoBetter4OurKids
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Oct 29, 2019 at 9:11 am

I'm not so sure. With the added responsibility over way more low income students, these districts will have some incentive to protect their reputations -- and they have access to way more resources to make it succeed.

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Posted by Sebastian
a resident of another community
on Oct 29, 2019 at 9:55 am

Good luck to the administration on the upcoming hard choices. At least it looks like the Tinsley Program is slowly ending. This year Belmont-Redwood Shores left due to their minority percentage reaching 60% and Palo Alto seems to be reaching that number fairly soon. Hopefully with the end of this program Ravenswood can maintain a steady number of students. Merging Ravenswood with Menlo Park or Palo Alto would only lower the state funding districts receives per student.

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Posted by Marrol
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Oct 29, 2019 at 4:31 pm

No wonder the state of affairs with the Ravenswood School District. It was just this past August that the school board was forming a sub-committee in order to study names changes to include Cesar Chavez. With everything on their plate, all the underachievement, teacher retention, critical budget issues, school closures, and many other challenges, the board made a name change the priority. Another symbolism over substance move. What a pathetic example of leadership.

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Posted by Belle Haven School
a resident of another community
on Oct 30, 2019 at 3:24 pm

To the Superintendent

I suggest you set up an open house at the Belle Have School one afternoon or evening. The school is falling down around the kisd.

They are using trailers that are way past their useful date. Roofs leaking, no heating, No ADU ,Probable asbestos, in ceiling tiles and furnaces,

Suggest you start building new with the trailers then work around the . oldest buildings, It may be a 2-3 year period to complete, but I'm sure FB would love to contribute, hire someone that can write grant requests from federal and state.

But first step is to start with a tour, I hate to say it but but with 95% hispanic students maybe people think it's a low priority.
Suggest the parents and teachers bring in a law firm to get things moving,
Its a shame, but there are those who care,

Can we count on hearing back from you.

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Posted by NobodyYouKnow
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Oct 31, 2019 at 5:45 pm

NobodyYouKnow is a registered user.

This is so sad. Closing schools only hurts kids. Where are these kids going to go? Will they be bussed to other schools outside their neighborhood? How about eliminating some of the administration and district officials and consolidating their positions? Already, the preschool has been taken away from the district so they don't have that expense and KIPP is syphoning students from Los Robles AND invading their space so LR has not enough classrooms. What a disaster. How about being more fiscally prudent instead of shutting things down? The majority of those outside programs that cost money could be provided for FREE at no cost to the district. Instead, the district spends more money hiring teachers or paying outside vendors. That's just not smart when you have so many free options.

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Posted by Onitis
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Dec 26, 2019 at 5:07 am

It's sad news,really.I think that studying is important part of our life and everyone must went to school. Personally I worked when studying at high school and thanks to Web Link I had posibility to combined it and end school well.

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