For those of you who are wondering about our continual increase in enrollment and the need for re-districting our school boundaries as well as the concerns for neighborhood schools as a whole, I thought it timely to mention that within the last 10 days, two new housing developments in Palo Alto have been proposed. Firstly there is Edgewood Plaza which would add to the very tight north cluster and now there is the news that there is probably going to be more housing on the Elks site which would affect the south
/west clusters. Palo Alto is growing from the inside out and we definitely need more space in the schools.
Whether the existing schools can add more students or the question of re-opening a 13th elementary school, the truth is that we are growing and it may mean all of the above. The luxury of the present cap on choice schools and the necessity of them growing along with the other programs is something that is to be debated, but it will affect us all. Some of us will not like our school boundaries changing, whether it be for property values or changing which neighborhood school our children attend, changes will be made. The more residents that move into Palo Alto because of the reputation of good schools is a reality of life here in P.A.