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Original post made on Oct 29, 2007

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Posted by Carol Mullen
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 29, 2007 at 3:38 pm

If I'd known it would end up in forum, I'd have been more explicit.

Of course, I meant gross income. More gross income is not the same as more net income. There is an assessment now for schools on new construction, but it's not high enough to cover the cost of opening a new school. In any case, the school district hasn't been banking the funds for new classrooms, so the growth in residential housing the City Council intends is an even more serious threat to the schools. I doubt that the district can handle the growth already approved without degrading the quality of education, but it must do what it can.

Non-parents like me are not close enough to the short-term problem of the school district to have seen this coming.

Only the parents can have influence with the school district AND the City Council, and both are affecting your child's educational future. Make them acquainted with the overlap of one governmental function on another. No one else will do it. They're not paying attention to each other.


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Posted by Parent
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 29, 2007 at 5:30 pm

That is me quoted above.

Carol, yes, you are quite right. The school district and the city council do need to pay attention to each other. There is definitely an overlap in the minds of the voting parents, but it seems that the candidates and the present city council do not recognise this fact and the school board is ignoring it.


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Posted by Parent
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 29, 2007 at 5:31 pm

Parents don't have any influence on the school board with BOE members like Townsend who disregard the community overwhelming feedback she receives, and goes ahead with her own agenda anyway. Time for three new board members who are listening and understand the issues.