Town Square

Post a New Topic

Everest Charter Campus on RCSD site

Original post made by Jack Hickey on Jun 16, 2009

I see a win win situation on this subject.

Everest needs a centrally located campus. Redwood City Elementary will create 51 surplus classrooms as it finalizes it's budget. RCSD should consider closure and sale/lease of one school facility to produce revenue needed to avoid gutting of successful programs. My suggestion would be the John Gill School, but I would like to hear other inputs.
Everest might sweeten the deal by taking some of RCSD's star middle school students under their wings.

Let discussion begin.

Comments (2)

Posted by Parent, a resident of Menlo-Atherton High School
on Jun 16, 2009 at 10:53 am

It's an interesting idea, Jack. Has the RWC school district talked about closing a site and incorporating the kids in the remaining schools? Certainly worth considering, I think.

What do you mean by taking star middle school students under their wing? Enrollment is by application, and if there are more applicants than spots, there's a lottery. The administrators can't pick and choose. I'm not sure what the advantage of such an arrangement would be, anyway.


Posted by Jack Hickey, a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Jun 16, 2009 at 3:44 pm

At the last Board meeting, I suggested that proceeds from the disposition of 51 classrooms be factored in to the budget. In recent years the cash bonus from the state to Districts which implemented class size reduction obviated the need to discuss school closure. That is changing.
Fifty-one classrooms at 20 per class is > 1,000 students. More than half the schools in the District have enrollment less than 500. While closing two, or even three schools would be possible, closure of one school would be a more modest proposal.

Regarding star Middle School students, my thought is that a fractional percent of openings, say 5%, might be made available to these students for advanced placement. This may not be possible under current state law.

This is about revenue, students and education, not a.d.a. or union demands.


If you were a member and logged in you could track comments from this story.

Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

Palo Alto quietly gets new evening food truck market
By Elena Kadvany | 4 comments | 3,599 views

See Me. Hear Me. Donít Fix Me.
By Chandrama Anderson | 2 comments | 1,794 views

Universal Language
By Cheryl Bac | 2 comments | 1,382 views

Anglo Menlo Park
By Paul Bendix | 0 comments | 418 views

Council election, and then some.
By Stuart Soffer | 0 comments | 147 views