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Board members back school boundary change

Original post made on Jan 16, 2013

Palo Alto school board members indicated they support a proposed school boundary change that will move about 20 blocks of households out of the Addison Elementary School attendance area into the Walter Hays Elementary School area.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 9:54 AM

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Posted by John
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 16, 2013 at 11:30 am

Well that's STUPID.
The school board is actually endangering Lukash's Daughter safety.
If she lives across the street from the school. If she can walk 100 feet from her front door to the school then sending he elsewhere is ridiculous and endangering the child as she now must walk many blocks.
OR I guess it's just one more car on the road..

I say if you can throw a rock or ball at the school you should be able to go to that school.
Or schools boundary should have a one block radius..

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Posted by Not Stupid
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 16, 2013 at 11:48 am

It's not stupid. It's practical. But if you don't take the time to study the background for a decision, then any fool can call a well-thought out decision stupid.

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Posted by Mom
a resident of Duveneck School
on Jan 16, 2013 at 11:51 am

Goes to show that our Ivy League School Board members can lack common sense.

Why didn't they mess with Duveneck's and Hays' boudaries to help Addison? We keep getting Palo Verde overflows at Duveneck.

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Posted by another mom
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 16, 2013 at 2:54 pm

Which ones of our school board supposedly went to Ivy league schools? Other than Caswell who went to Dartmouth, the frat Ivy, none of the rest of them did. Not there's anything wrong with that, to quote Seinfeld. It's just a fact.

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Posted by So Negative
a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 16, 2013 at 5:07 pm

Gentle, gentle.

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Posted by Jane
a resident of Addison School
on Jan 16, 2013 at 11:27 pm

Surely there's enough flexibility in the world that a 1 block radius can be instituted - it's ridiculous for that child to go to Walter Hays.

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Posted by It's not just distance
a resident of South of Midtown
on Jan 17, 2013 at 1:49 am

@John — As far as safety goes, it may be safer for a child to walk several blocks on neighborhood streets to one school than to have to cross Middlefield to get to another, closer school. Seeing the lines that were drawn, it looks like crossing busy streets was in fact taken into consideration as well as just distances.

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Posted by obvious
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 17, 2013 at 9:36 am

There's a crossing guard on the corner and lights. Getting to Addison is safer than walking through non-managed intersections to Walter Hays.
Also, look at all the other kids in Crescent Park going to Addison from much further away crossing at Middlefield/Addison.
So, no, crossing Middlefield was not a consideration in this change. Try again.

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Posted by Mr.Recycle
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 17, 2013 at 8:44 pm

@obvious If crossing middlefield wasn't a consideration, Why do you think they put the border there?

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Posted by Mike Alexander
a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 18, 2013 at 6:03 am

The Board is still hamstrung by the decision to sell off elementary school sites 30 years ago, which was done because some expert, presumably any Ivy League graduate, predicted the school-age population would continuously shrink, and to raise money. Lytton School, which was at Middlefield & Lytton, and Crescent Park School, which was on Center Dr., would have relieved this pressure now making things difficult at Addison and Walter Hays.

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Posted by Palo alto mom
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jan 18, 2013 at 8:42 am

The additional housing, including the dense developments that replaced the old MEdical Foundation have more to do with the overcrowding problem than closing CRescent Park school.

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Posted by obvious
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 19, 2013 at 9:49 am

@Mr.Recycle, if crossing Middlefield was a consideration, why do you think they they tripled the number of houses that now need to cross Middlefield?
I would really like to know why they stopped the people directly across from Addison attending Addison. No one's been able to provide a sensible explanation that couldn't have been dealt with but moving more from around Alma.

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