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Enrollment surge: Schools face unpleasant options

Original post made on Dec 17, 2009

Menlo Park City School District delayed its decision on opening a new elementary school at the O'Connor campus as officials mull a range of unpleasant options for dealing with an projected surge in student enrollment — including suspending the Tinsley transfer program that allows minority students in East Palo Alto's Ravenswood district to attend Menlo Park district schools.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Dec 17, 2009 at 2:18 pm

I find it disappointing that less than a year after completing the Encinal expansion and breaking ground on the new Oak Knoll campus, we find out that we need another $10M to redevelop the O'Connor site. Many in the community voiced a preference for keeping the existing schools smaller and opening a new campus but were told by the district that it would be prohibitively expensive to re-open the O'Connor school. Now we are finding out that after having spent our entire capital budget we are one campus short.

Maybe's it's time to hire a new demographer or at least get a second opinion.

If we do end up opening another school, maybe the district can finally make some space available for after school care.

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Posted by heresy
a resident of Hillview Middle School
on Dec 17, 2009 at 5:33 pm

Maybe it's time to merge with Ravenswood School District rather than suspend the Tinsley transfers.

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