Locals lead funding for high school bond campaign

The campaign for the passage of Measure A -- a $265 million bond measure for high school construction -- spent $69,787 as of May 17, most of it on direct mail, including $18,101 for postage, according to the latest campaign finance reports from the San Mateo County Elections Office.

The final report on fundraising for the June 3 election won't be available until July 31, but so far, the "Citizens for Sequoia Union High School District - Yes on A"campaign has raised a total of $161,902, with about 51 percent of that coming from corporate and institutional donors and the rest from individuals.

Of the 82 individuals who gave a total of $69,200 to the campaign, 47 listed residences in the Almanac circulation area and gave a total of $47,900. Major donors included Carolee M. White of Palo Alto and Colleen Tate of Portola Valley, who gave $10,000 each, and Helen Wilmot of Menlo Park, who gave $5,000.

The district is expecting an enrollment surge, in particular from the Menlo Park and Las Lomitas elementary districts and those in San Carlos and Belmont-Redwood Shores. Sequoia officials predict high school district-wide enrollment will begin to reflect this surge in the 2015-16 school year and that by 2020-21, enrollment will be higher by at least 22 percent.

Enrollment at M-A is expected to grow by at least 25 percent by 2020-21, and by as much as 19 percent at Woodside High.

Of the 25 corporate and institutional donations, leading the list were $10,000 gifts from Blach Construction in Santa Clara, Prefast Concrete Wall Systems in San Mateo, and CSDA Design Group in San Francisco, reports show. Spencer Associates, an architecture firm in Palo Alto, gave $8,000.

The $5,000 donors included the foundations at Menlo-Atherton and Woodside high schools, and the Charter Schools Association of California. Also giving $5,000: Quattrocchi Kwok Architects of Santa Rosa, and Cornerstone Earth Group, a construction service firm in Sunnyvale.


Measure A would provide the Sequoia district with construction funding to add classrooms and other facilities, including two small high schools -- one located in the Menlo Park area -- for 300 to 400 students each.

Anticipating voter approval school-construction bond measures pass with the approval of 55 percent of the voters a committee of teachers, parents, school principals and Sequoia district staff recently interviewed six architectural firms and chose three. Among the six, three made significant campaign contributions, and two of those were not among the three firms selected, according to a Sequoia board report.

Chosen were Quattrocchi Kwok of Santa Rosa, LPA of Irvine, and HMC Architects, with offices in California and internationally. HMC would be assigned to Woodside High (and Carlmont) and LMC to M-A. Quattrocchi Kwok would get Sequoia High and Redwood High as well as oversight of the district's master plan.

The list of contributions also includes non-monetary gifts -- the use of phone banks -- with a total value of about $2,250, mainly from real estate businesses. Listed in the report were the offices of Coldwell Banker in Menlo Park and San Carlos, Intero Real Estate in San Carlos, Sequoia Realty in Redwood City and Alain Pinel in Woodside.


■ $10,000: CSDA Design Group, Blach Construction, Prefast Concrete Wall Systems, Colleen Tate, Carolee M. White

■ $5,000-$9,999: Spencer Associates, Quattrocchi Kwok Architects, Cornerstone Earth Group, 217 Enterprises, M-A Foundation for the Future, Woodside High Foundation, California Charter School Assc., Helen Wilmot

■ $500-$4,999: Charles Pankow Builders, DEB Land Management, Lozano Smith LLP, Rodan Builders Inc., InterMountain Electric Co., Testing Engineers, WLC Architects, San Mateo Credit Union, Cheeky Monkey Toys, San Carlos Central PTA, Carlmont High PTSA, Tierra Linda Middle Sch. PTA, Sequoia High Educ. Foundation, M-A PTA, Woodside High PTA, Jeffrey Child, Tom Hayse, Jody Buckley, Ted Schlein, Allen Weiner, Jim Lianides, Olivia Martinez, Robert Shackleton, Gordon Lewin, James Laplante Jr., John McMutty, Julia Anderson, Patrick Gordan, Craig Falkenhagen, Alan Sarver, ChrisThomsen, Steve Westly, Paul Uccelli, Don Gibson, Teresa Thygesen, Jill Kispert, Steven Hoffmann, Gaurang Desai, Deborah Fitz, Kevin Mullin for Assemblyy 2014, Pamela Stang, Craig Williams, Michelle Dillabough, Stephanie Thomases, Rich Kelley, Enrique Navas, Carrie Du Bois, Jeffrey Selman.


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