Tonight: Hearing set on O'Connor Street residents' school district transfer request

They want to move from Ravenswood to Menlo Park district

A public hearing on the request by the Menlo Park residents of 31 homes on the north side of O'Connor Street to be moved from the Ravenswood City School District to the Menlo Park City School District is scheduled for Monday, March 30, at 7 p.m. in the district TERC room, 181 Encinal Ave. in Atherton.

The County Committee on School District Organization will make the decision on whether or not to allow the transfer.

The area is just about a block from where the Menlo Park City School District plans to build its new Upper Laurel School, but unless school district boundaries are changed children who live there won't be eligible to attend the school.

Their across-the-street neighbors, who live on the south side of the stretch of O'Connor, between Elliott Drive and Euclid Avenue, are already in the Menlo Park district. The district boundary currently runs down the middle of O'Connor.

The petition, signed by 26 residents, was submitted to San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools Anne Campbell on Dec. 9. The petition says that when East Palo Alto was incorporated in 1983, that stretch of O'Connor was annexed into Menlo Park, where their neighbors already were, but the school district boundaries weren't changed at the same time.

The petition affects the properties from 235 to 495 O'Connor Street. The lead petitioners are Susan Stacy Keller, John Barksdale and Lansing Scriven.

A second public hearing will be held in the Ravenswood district on Monday, April 6, at 7 p.m., in the district office board room, 2120 Euclid Ave. in East Palo Alto.

The school boards of the affected districts can support, oppose, or remain neutral on the petition. The Menlo Park board is scheduled to discuss its stand on the petition at its April 14 meeting.

Once the public hearings have been held, the County Committee on School District Organization has 120 days to vote on the boundary change. The earliest it could be considered is at its May 4 meeting.

The committee's decision can be appealed to the state board of education.

If either district opposes or remains neutral about the transfer, but it is approved by the county committee, an election must be held involving only the properties that would be transferred.

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