Tonight: MP school board meets on parcel tax


Superintendent Ken Ranella is expected to present a multi-year plan for the use of new parcel tax revenue at a special meeting of the Menlo Park City School District board on Monday, May 10.

The board will meet in open session beginning at 7 p.m. in the district office board room, 181 Encinal Ave. in Atherton.

Measure C, which passed May 4 with 76 percent voter support, is expected to raise about $1.4 million annually for the district, which faced a $2 million revenue shortfall next fiscal year. Teachers, librarians and other certificated staff members had received preliminary layoff notices, which Mr. Ranella expects to be able to rescind after the May 10 meeting, he said after the election results were in.

At the same meeting, Mr. Ranella is seeking approval of a plan to reduce certain classified services in the district, which would involve some layoffs of non-credentialed staff.

Also on the agenda is a recommendation to approve a plan for class size in the next school year.

Mr. Ranella could not be reached to elaborate on the class-size or staff reduction proposals, and staff reports detailing the plans were not available by the end of the day May 7.

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