Foundation gives $3.35 million to Menlo Park district schools Atherton, posted by Editor, The Almanac Online, on Jun 12, 2012 at 12:20 pm
As student enrollment continues to soar in the Menlo Park City School District and revenue continues to fall, the district is reveling in the fact that it can keep pace and add teachers to meet enrollment growth for the next school year, thanks to a major boost in funding from the nonprofit foundation that supports it.
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Posted by Steve, a resident of the Menlo Park: other neighborhood, on Jun 12, 2012 at 3:19 pm
It's sad to see how this will play out - we continue to starve our state and federal agencies, so local communities have to fill the gap. All very well for communities that have the wealth to do so, not the same story for the rest of the country. A free market just doesn't quite do the trick here.
Posted by Central Menlo, a resident of the Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park neighborhood, on Jun 12, 2012 at 4:57 pm
Fortunately, there is are enlightened members in the foundation to also support neighboring school districts (Ravenswood).
In the end, it comes down to the choice we can make (short of raising taxes to pay add teachers and firefighters to the public sector)...
The democrat in me wants to help fund less fortunate areas. Out of goodness, and in some respects, as a reasonable investment to improve their lifetime opportunity (cheaper to pay for school now than social services or incarceration later). Plus, well-educated everyone is good for the economy and our overall quality of life.
The republican in me loves the idea that my kids deserve the benefit of my investment in the foundation for THEIR school...and I sure get to enjoy the extra bump in property value.
Posted by Katherine , a resident of another community, on Jun 14, 2012 at 11:54 am
Just 'being alive' does not give anyone the 'right' to live in Menlo Park or the State of California ---if there is no more room and if it will destroy the community. ABAG is forcing Bay Area cities and towns to take on more and more residents which will severely impact the ability of schools to provide for the consequent children. It is time for the impacted communities to dig in their collective heelsand, looking toward the future, make a stand that we have no more space and cannot provide for the future population without ruining the quality of life for those already here. It's time to tell ABAG 'where to go'. Just say 'no way'.
Posted by Matt R., a resident of the Woodside: Skywood/Skylonda neighborhood, on Jun 16, 2012 at 10:25 am
This is a slippery slope. If they keep funding structural imbalance via the foundation, donations to the foundation must keep pace or when the day of recconning comes, it will be a harsh one ideed. In the Portola Valley School District, we just cut $2 million out of a $12M budget and it's not pretty at all.
Most of all, this district needs to make sure that the monies are well spent, and that they aren't just subsidizing some degree of poor managment. In the PVSD, poor management was masked by donation income, and I'm not sure that the cuts that are here are the ones that we should be making. There is a lot of impact on the classrooms, and not enough to the supporting infrastructure.
Good luck to the schools that get this money! Every bit helps, especially if it is spent well.