The San Mateo County Committee on School District Organization on Monday, May 4, will consider the request by some residents of O'Connor Street in Menlo Park who want to transfer from the Ravenswood school district to the Menlo Park district.
The meeting is at 7 p.m. at the County Office of Education, 101 Twin Dolphins Drive, Redwood City.
Residents of 31 Menlo Park homes, from 235 to 495 O'Connor St., between Elliott Drive and Euclid Avenue, want to transfer to the Menlo Park City School District. The district boundary 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 transfer is opposed by both the Menlo Park and Ravenswood school boards, but the County Committee on School District Organization will make the decision on whether to transfer the homes to the Menlo Park district. However, opposition by the districts' boards means an election will take place if the county committee does approve the transfer.
The county committee makes the decision on which voters participate in an election, which can be limited to the residents of the area seeking the transfer or expanded to involve all voters in both affected districts.
The O'Connor Street residents seeking the transfer 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 their homes weren't added to the petition.
The committee's decision can be appealed to the state board of education.