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Palo Alto parents tapped for bond oversight role

Citizens' committee monitors spending of $378 million facilities bond that will touch all schools

Three Palo Alto parents were confirmed by the Palo Alto Board of Education Tuesday night to help oversee spending under the school district's $378 million construction program.

Investment manager Todd Collins, architect Catherine Garber and psychologist Mary Marth will join the Citizens' Oversight Committee for the Strong Schools Bond.

The seven-member group is charged with monitoring spending of the facilities bond funds, which were approved by nearly 78 percent of voters in June 2008.

Collins and Marth have children currently enrolled in Palo Alto schools. Garber's children recently graduated from Palo Alto High School.

Managed by the district's Chief Business Official Robert Golton, the bond construction program will touch each of the district's 18 major campuses, with major construction at the two high schools, three middle schools and at least one elementary campus.

Besides general modernization and upgrades, construction is focused on expanding capacity for anticipated enrollment growth.

Ever since a post-Baby Boom nadir in 1989-1990 when district-wide enrollment was 7,452, enrollment has been on a steady upward trajectory. It currently stands at about 12,000. Historically, enrollment in Palo Alto schools peaked in 1967-1968 at 15,575.

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Posted by Sad Parent
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 25, 2010 at 2:16 pm

I am shocked that you are only publishing this on issue, when there were a lot more important discussions taken place at this board meeting, such as the 4 district goals (number one taking care of the social emotional needs) and also the big disparity of students of color placed in special education. There were very good speakers commenting on both issues, and here the reporter chose to talk about one that is not as important as the social emotional needs of our students. I am wonder if the reporter was influenced by the district to not speak about it. Sad


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