Elizabeth and Bruce Dunlevie's gift is the largest ever from individuals to the hospital, the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health announced Tuesday.
A majority of the donation — $50 million — will fund a new labor and delivery unit on the first floor of the children's hospital's West building. The unit will include 14 private suites and a maternity antepartum unit for mothers who need to be hospitalized before giving birth.
More than 4,400 babies are delivered each year at the children's hospital in Palo Alto, hospital officials said.
The remaining $30 million will help further the Maternal-Fetal Medicine program at the School of Medicine by hiring more faculty members. With close to two-thirds of expectant mothers at the children's hospital considered at high risk, part of the program's goals is to help expectant mothers with conditions such as heart disease, cancer and epilepsy.
"Knowing from personal experience how transformative world-class medical treatment can be for mothers and babies, we're thrilled to help advance the state of the art in medical science for maternal-fetal research, and to give every mother and baby the highest-quality medical care," Bruce Dunlevie said in a statement.
Dunlevie, who has previously served on the Stanford University board of trustees, is chair of the Stanford Management Company board of directors. Elizabeth Dunlevie is chair of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health.
"The impact of this incredible gift will be felt for generations — for the mothers and babies we help and, perhaps even more importantly, for those we will never have to treat because of new discoveries and cures made possible by this investment," Paul King, Packard Children's Hospital and Stanford Children's Health CEO, said in a statement.
—Bay City News Service
Sequoia superintendent deadline
Applications are due Feb. 26 at 5 p.m. for the top job in the Sequoia Union High School District.
Former superintendent Mary Streshly stepped down in September after the teachers union and 22 principals and top administrators called for her firing. Former Assistant Superintendent Crystal Leach is filling in as interim superintendent until the board hires a replacement.
Local leaders, including East Palo Alto Councilman Antonio Lopez, have called out the lack of diversity in Sequoia district leadership. Lopez recently helped form an ad hoc committee to address the issue (in response to the district's unwillingness to form an official ad hoc committee to address these issues, according to a Feb. 10 press release from Lopez). During a Feb. 12 committee meeting, members said they'd like the group to focus on potentially helping with the hiring of a new superintendent.
Candidate interviews are scheduled for the end of March.
For more information, or to apply, go to tinyurl.com/sequoiasupe.
Menlo Park school district hosts community meetings
The Menlo Park City School District will hold community meetings on Zoom this month to discuss an upcoming parcel tax measure that its school board placed on the November ballot.
The input sessions are intended to help inform the board's decisions around cost savings and the replacement parcel tax, according to a Feb. 11 district press release.
The first meeting is Feb. 22 from 7 to 8 p.m, while the second is Feb. 25 from 10 to 11 a.m.
In January, the school board decided to place a parcel tax on the November ballot to replace Measure X, which has provided four years of revenue to the district. When Measure X passed, it was part of the board's plan to create a four-year runway of stability while it pursued options for longer term financial sustainability.
"The board seeks to provide the district with a measured and sustainable financial path as it practices student-centered stewardship that achieves efficiency without sacrificing quality," the press release states.
As the district considers its financial future, the board is currently in conversation about $1.5 million to $2 million in possible cuts to its budget, according to the press release. The district is considering cutting overall administrative roles at the district level; modifying the music, drama and world language programs; "combination classes;" and making cuts to classified positions. A full list of proposed reductions is available in the Feb. 11 board meeting packet.
Parcel taxes and philanthropic giving together make up approximately 25% of the district's budget.
RSVP for the upcoming meetings on the district's new community engagement page at district.mpcsd.org/engage.
A volunteer committee is also forming to support the parcel tax campaign. Those interested in joining the Friends of Menlo Park Schools Committee are asked to complete a form at bit.ly/FriendsofMPCSD.
For more information, email Parke Treadway, the district's public information officer, at [email protected]
Longtime Atherton officer retires
After 22 years with the Atherton Police Department, Cmdr. Joe Wade will officially be retiring on March 16.
During his time with the department, he served as a patrol officer, school resource officer, SWAT team member, gang task force member, defensive tactics instructor, detective, patrol sergeant, detective sergeant, lieutenant, commander, emergency operations manager, public information officer and acting chief.
Wade will continue to serve the local law enforcement community during retirement as an Academy Police Recruit defensive tactics instructor.
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