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School Boundaries are still an issue

Original post made by Resident, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Sep 3, 2009

Since Garland plans have been scrapped and Scott Laurence has left the district, we are still in a mess with boundaries.

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Posted by Grandma
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Sep 5, 2009 at 12:06 pm

When the JCC pre-school moves out of Greendell this month; one whole wing of Greendell will be available for primary grade overflow. However, since enrollment may not increase and may even decrease this year, Greendell may not be necessary. Let's wait for the 11th day enrollment figures, this will tell us a lot about this years enrollment and future trends.

Don't forget the School District guarantees your child an education, it does not guarantee a particular school, overflows have always been accommodated somewhere in the PAUSD. Lastly, don't believe any signs put up by Developers, promoting Gunn is just a come-on.

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Posted by OhlonePar
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 5, 2009 at 12:38 pm

How about Greendell takes Mandarin Immersion, which draws heavily from the south and would pull a range of ages. It only requires six classrooms. Ohlone then uses the modular classrooms already there to expand a half strand--that and the addition of one kid per class would substantially reduce Ohlone's waitlist. This, in turn, should free up some room at Palo Verde, while capping Ohlone's metastatizing into a mega-elementary.

Better yet, Mandarin Immersion is dropped as an immersion program and follows the Yew Cheung model, where the language becomes a subject, but kids don't have to be tested into the upper grades. They could study Mandarin at their own level of proficiency. (Wouldn't mind seeing this for SI as well--enough with programs that make entry in the later grades impossible.)

I don't like the idea of moving kindergarteners all over the place while they try to open up spots at the neighborhood schools.

Part of the reason neighborhood families resent the choice programs is that the choice programs aren't used well for handling larger district issues.

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Posted by II
a resident of Barron Park
on Sep 5, 2009 at 3:57 pm

Better yet, Greendell takes Ohlone, and Mandarin Immersion expands to fill Ohlone school.

Even better, Ohlone is dropped as a choice program and just follows the approach of other elementaries. The former Ohlone kids could just make do with the PAUSD tried-and-true approach. They can get touchy-feely hippy-dippy at home on their own time--enough with programs that require their own philosophy.

Part of the reason neighborhood families resent the choice programs is that the choice programs aren't used well for handling larger district issues.

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Posted by Erin
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Sep 5, 2009 at 5:41 pm

Don't expect the district to do anything on boundaries until they open another school. Boundaries are one of the worst things the school district has to figure out with all sides wanting someting different so if they aren't forced to change them, they won't.

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Posted by Erin
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Sep 5, 2009 at 5:44 pm

One more thing, the wing that the district is getting back at Greendell is in worse shape than Garland so if they wanted to completely remodel Garland I'm guessing they'll have to do the same at Greendell if it's going to be used for a regular program lasting for more than just one year of overflow contingency while they wait for the Garland lease to be up.

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