The Menlo Park City School District's governing board will consider a resolution opposing the request from O'Connor Street residents to transfer into the district from the Ravenswood City School District when the board meets Tuesday, April 14.
The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the district office TERC building at 181 Encinal Ave. in Atherton, with the item scheduled to be heard at 8 p.m.
The County Committee on School District Organization will make the decision on whether to allow the transfer of the 31 Menlo Park homes, located from 235 to 495 O'Connor, between Elliott Drive and Euclid Avenue. However, opposition by either district board triggers an election if the county committee does approve the transfer.
The county committee makes the decision on which voters participate in the election -- which can be as limited as the residents of the area seeking the transfer or as broad as an election involving voters in both affected districts.
The district boundary currently runs down the middle of O'Connor Street; residents on the south side are in the Menlo Park district, and those on the north side are in the Ravenswood district.
The north-side residents argue that it was only a historical accident that left them in the Ravenswood district when most of the rest of the Willows neighborhood transferred into the Menlo Park district in 1983. That's because their side of the street was annexed into Menlo Park soon after the original petition to change districts was filed; but the homes weren't added to the petition.
The resolution to be considered by the Menlo Park board says, in part, that "the petition is one in a long line of similar proposals to alter the historic boundaries between these two elementary school districts, each of which has eroded the territory of the Ravenswood City School District, and none of which has ever added new or returned previous territory to the Ravenswood City School District."
Because the residents asking to be transferred are "more ethnically diverse than the Ravenswood City School District at large," losing these families "will actually reduce the ethnic diversity in Ravenswood by reducing the population of district residents who are not Hispanic or Latino," the resolution argues.
It also says that moving even a small number of students will worsen the Menlo Park district's overcrowding, while also worsening the Ravenswood district's opposite problem of not having enough students to fill its schools.
The county committee has not yet scheduled its deliberations on the transfer request. County office of education officials have said the committee probably will do so at either its May 4 or June 1 meeting.
The committee's decision can be appealed to the state board of education.
Also on the agenda Tuesday night is a discussion of the school district's water conservation plans, consideration of adding an assistant superintendent to the district, and adoption of world language standards.