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Budget crisis: Ravenswood to shutter two schools

Original post made on Jun 17, 2011

Two of Ravenswood's eight campuses will not re-open this fall as the K-8 district serving 3,900 children in East Palo Alto and Menlo Park looks to save on administrative and maintenance costs.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, June 17, 2011, 10:45 AM

Comments (7)

Posted by Palo Alto, a resident of another community
on Jun 17, 2011 at 11:16 am

The best solution------------Consolidate with the Palo Alto Unified School District. Been talked about for a long long time. Time is now.

Posted by Peter Carpenter, a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jun 17, 2011 at 11:43 am

This topic needs to be linked to the comments already posted on another Forum topic:

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There is no way that responsible citizens can allowing the continuing disparity of educational opportunity for the children in the Ravenswood school district vs that of the surrounding elementary school districts.

Posted by details, a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Jun 17, 2011 at 11:53 am

Palo Alto and East Palo Alto are not in the same county.

Posted by Peter Carpenter, a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jun 17, 2011 at 12:08 pm

There is no legal reason that a school or special district cannot cross county lines - although there are a lot of politicians with a narrow view who think otherwise, but not for legal reasons.

I have proposed a fire district that includes northern Santa Clara County and southern San Mateo County.

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Posted by Ms. Watkins, a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Jun 18, 2011 at 11:30 pm

I can't believe Menlo Park is turning its back on the Belle Haven Community once again! It's time, no it's past time for the citywide community to stand up and demand more from our City Government! Come on city entry signage instead of books for kids, what's wrong with this picture?

Same post at the TownSquare Forum - because I am upset!!!!

Posted by MJK, a resident of Atherton: other
on Jun 19, 2011 at 10:28 am

to Ms. Watkins

Yes, it does seem wrong. Have you written your city council? You can email them individually and as a group. You can go to a City Council meeting and speak up. You can get together friends and neighbors to speak up as well. That's at least doing something proactive and give visibility to the situation and maybe some change.

Posted by Peter Carpenter, a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jun 19, 2011 at 11:35 am

"I can't believe Menlo Park is turning its back on the Belle Haven Community once again!"

The best way to deal with this divide is to simply remove it. All of the local elementary school districts should be consolidated into one with the objective of giving every child the same educational opportunity.

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