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 convene Jan. 14 and hold bi-weekly meetings on Mondays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., with a goal of finishing its work in late March.
The committee is charged with evaluating potential sites -- particularly Garland, at 780 N. California Ave. and Greendell at 4120 Middlefield Road -- for use as a neighborhood school or choice school, based on selection criteria specified by the Board of Education.
The committee will be composed of parents representing north, west and south regions of Palo Alto as well as district staff members. Interested parents are asked to submit an application by Dec. 10 to Ann Dunkin, the district's chief technology officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The selection process will be completed by Dec. 17.
Officials say the district will need both a 13th elementary school and a fourth middle school in the next few years, with the elementary school likely to open by fall 2017.
Palo Alto's enrollment has been on an upward trajectory for more than two decades after falling to a post-Baby Boom nadir of 7,500 in 1989.
Today, with headcount at 12,396, Palo Alto has 12 elementary schools, three middle schools and two high schools.
At its historic high of 15,000 in 1968, Palo Alto had 22 elementary schools, three middle schools and three high schools.