Tonight: County committee to consider school district transfer request

O'Connor street residents want to move from Ravenswood to Menlo Park district

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.

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Posted by Mary
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 3, 2015 at 12:24 pm

For goodness sake, let those kids transfer to the same school their friends across the street attend. This is not about the schools, it is about the children. A mistake was made in 1983. It is beyond time that this mistake was corrected.

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Posted by Elsie
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on May 4, 2015 at 12:45 pm

Elsie is a registered user.

Thank you, Mary, for your sagacity.Sometimes the legal gets in the way of the logical. Give the kids a break!

5 people like this
Posted by Jeff
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on May 4, 2015 at 2:22 pm

How ridiculous that kids are being victimized by school board politics. Correct the mistake. Do the right thing. Say YES to the petition.

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Posted by Margo
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on May 4, 2015 at 7:26 pm

It occurs to me that 101 is a logical boundary between the school districts. Kids should be going to school in their neighborhoods, walking and biking as much as possible and sharing classrooms with their friends and neighbors. The resistance on the part of school boards has to do with prestige and money, Menlo Park doesn't want to take on schools that might not be doing well---it makes the district performance look bad! Ravenswood doesn't want to lose the revenue, although they would also be losing schools and kids, so would need less revenue.

In any event, the middle of a street makes no sense as a district boundary.

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Posted by Not Quite 101
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on May 4, 2015 at 8:35 pm

What many people don't realize is that there's a K-8 Ravenswood school on this side of Menlo Park. It's called Willow Oaks School and it's on Willow Road between Coleman and O'Keefe, just a few blocks away from the O'Connor site. If you are using 101 as the boundary to determine where kids should go to school, what do you do about this particular school? It serves about 600 children from an area of Menlo Park running mostly between O'Keefe to 101 but it also jogs a few streets over into EPA, and it stretches into a part of Palo Alto along 101.

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Posted by carab1n3r
a resident of Encinal School
on May 4, 2015 at 10:01 pm

"Kids should be going to school in their neighborhoods"

There are both RSD and MPCSD schools in the Willows.

I and some nearby friends in the Redwood City School district are very curious about the results of this petition. If it is approved, there is a neighborhood with a similar configuration that will request a move from RWSD to MPCSD.

Go, go O'Connor! We wish you good luck!

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