This story has been updated with the semi-official vote totals released by San Mateo County at 4:30 p.m. May 9.
By Barbara Wood | Almanac Staff Writer
A week after two parcel tax measures failed to gain the needed two-thirds majority in the May 3 election the board of the Menlo Park City School District meets Tuesday night, May 10, to hear from the public and discuss a report from Superintendent Maurice Ghysels on ways to reduce spending.
The meeting will be in the multi-use room of Encinal School, 195 Encinal Ave. in Menlo Park.
Following a closed session to discuss personnel matters, labor negotiations and legal matters, the public meeting starts at 6 p.m.
A public comment period is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. with the report from Superintendent Ghysels on "financial options" scheduled for 7:05 p.m., but district officials said items could be heard early.
The report is not included with the agenda for the meeting, but the agenda says: "Based on the May 4 election, Superintendent Ghysels will present to the Board for discussion financial options to reduce MPCSD's expenditures related to district operations, compensation, class sizes, and essential programs, as well as discussing parent donations."
When the two parcel tax measures on a special May 3 election ballot received less than the two-thirds majority needed to pass, it was the first time in decades that voters in the district failed to approve a school finance measure.
Measure A, which would have renewed a parcel tax that will expire at the end of June 2017, received 3,528 "yes" votes, 60.2 percent of the total, and short of the 66.7 percent needed to pass. The "no" vote was 2,328.
Measure C, which would have added an annual $2.20-per-parcel tax for each student who enrolls beyond the district's current 2,938 students, received 3,156 "yes" votes, 54 percent of the total, also short of the 66.7 percent needed. The "no" vote was 2,692.
The vote total was updated by San Mateo County's election office on May 9 at 4:30 p.m.
The measures were opposed by an informal coalition that used mostly social media to question the district's need for additional money. There was also substantial opposition to the fact that both measures, like the district's three existing parcel taxes, have no expiration dates.
Even a last-minute email appeal for yes votes to district residents from Facebook's chief operating officer and local resident Sheryl Sandberg, who also donated at least $10,000 to the campaign, failed to change the outcome.