If PAUSD is forced to provide space for a charter school, one solution would be to locate it at one of the sites currently used for commuter choice programs. This would minimize displacement of neighborhood kids.
The likely spot for this would be the Hoover school site, conveniently located on a main artery.
Of course the site may be currently full, so the district, since it's placing modulars all across the district anyway, should look to expand the Hoover site with as many modulars as possible, to make way for a bunch of charter school classrooms.
Later, when the charter outgrows a few modulars, well, then perhaps the district needs to sacrafice the size or perhaps the entire Hoover choice program. Afterall, we're a small district on fixed budget, and we can't afford to support a lot of optional choice programs -and- a absorb a charter school. So something has to give.
Since the district will clearly need to cut corners in order to make the charter school provisions, this would be the least painful place to take the hit. Not to say PAIN FREE, because of course Hoover people love their Hoover. Maybe Hoover people should get in contact with the MI people if they don't like this idea - because the writing is on the wall. Its only a matter of time as far as they tell us.
I mean - don't get me wrong - nothing would pain the community more than to see Hoover go by the wayside. But the district would be forced by the actions of the charter to do what it had to do - they don't want to harm any programs, but perhaps they'd be left with no choice.
Then, Ohlone, the other choice school in Palo Alto, can take up the slack for PAUSD families who still will want the choice experience, so we can expand Ohlone at the same time, to make room for the increased demand for "choice" that we'll experience as Hoover space goes away. Sure, Ohlone aint no Hoover, but its exactly the sort of sacrifice the MI people expect us to make.
(And the charter would never work on Ohlone campus anyway, because the Ohlone Way is particularly unsuited to running a campus community that is partitioned. The Ohlone way requires complete integration of that student body - so a charter at Ohlone would be disruptive to the program.)
So, I hate to say it, but it looks like Hoover should probably be the appropriate sacrafice.
Maybe Hoover parents should hurry and recognize that their program is an optional fixtures in this district.. Maybe they'd have a few words to say about the MI charter if it were staring them in the face. If you have something to say to the person in charge of the charter drive, hurry, don't wait till it's too late...