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Menlo Park: Meeting tonight on changes brought by high school enrollment growth

 

By Barbara Wood

Sequoia Union High School District Superintendent Jim Lianides and Menlo- Atherton High School principal Matthew Zito will speak about the high school district's plans for managing anticipated district student enrollment growth at an informational meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, at Hillview Middle School's Performing Arts Center, 1100 Elder Ave. in Menlo Park.

Faced with projections that the high school district's current enrollment of 8,300 will grow to at least 10,000 by the 2020-21 school year, the district board has been planning how to accommodate the additional students.

Options on the table include expanding existing campuses but also adjusting attendance boundaries to equalize the number of students at each school, a prospect that has upset some Menlo Park families.

A letter from Menlo Park City School District Superintendent Maurice Ghysels to district parents announcing Monday's meeting said that "Superintendent Lianides of SUHSD has assured us they have no plans to change Hillview's assignment to attend M-A, and that any boundary changes that are under consideration for M-A will not change the demographic profile of the school."

The board has been discussing a new policy that would allow students from East Palo Alto, who now are bused to Woodside and Carlmont High schools, to transfer to Menlo-Atherton High School if the school has room for them, giving them priority over most other students who want to transfer to the school.

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