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Las Lomitas school board may place $60 million bond measure on November ballot

Original post made on Aug 5, 2013

Voters in the Las Lomitas Elementary School District may be asked in November to approve a $60 million bond measure to upgrade the district's two over-crowded campuses. The board meets at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, to decide whether it will place the bond measure on the ballot.

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Posted by Lisa
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 5, 2013 at 4:39 pm

Huh. Nice, modern remodeling done not many years ago. Why don't we help out other neighbors who need more, say, Redwood City? Menlo's beginning to look elitist in attitude. It's inhumane to 'want more' to this extent while other less fortunate areas do with far less; the kids know this - and that adults here promote this. While there's likely some city ordinance that we cannot help other communities who need more than us - well, can't we do something about that?

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Posted by Old MP
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 5, 2013 at 5:48 pm

Yes. You can make a personal donation to any Redwood City organization that you choose. Others can do the same.

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Posted by member
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 5, 2013 at 8:50 pm

Would it be better to reopen one of the two schools the district rents to the 2 private schools? The taxpayer might pay less with a smaller bond to fix Ladera or La Loma and a parcel tax to make up for the rent, with less crowding at the two existing sites.

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Posted by parent
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Aug 5, 2013 at 9:57 pm

Both sites have been rented for many years to the Woodland School and Phillip Brooks School. They both have had new leases granted in the past couple of years.

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Posted by facts
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 6, 2013 at 10:53 am

Lisa: The reason they need a bond is to add classroom capacity to deal with growing enrollment. What is elitist about that?

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Posted by Joe
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Aug 6, 2013 at 11:39 am

There's nothing elitist about it when the issue is framed as answering a need for more classrooms.

The elitism can show itself incidentally if you think of financial resources as a magnet. With a proposal for a $60 million bond on top of the capital improvements done not that long ago, the magnetism of the Las Lomitas district hums that much more brightly when compared to what's happening in the districts that serve Belle Haven, East Palo Alto and Redwood City.

Where are the most promising teachers going to look first? Is the Las Lomitas district going to mention that $60 million bond and all that it promises (assuming it passes) in recruiting its teachers?

There is thus no justification to blame the Las Lomitas community for answering a felt need. Any district would do the same, right? No, not right.

What chance would a $60 million bond have in a normal district much less a poor district? A $6 million bond would probably have a tough time in EPA. It's convenient and arguably unimpeachable to ignore the larger picture and just concentrate on the problem at home.

Is that elitism? I can see that label sticking.

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Posted by Betty T
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 6, 2013 at 12:37 pm

It's difficult to read about the overcrowding in Las Lomitas campuses when the school district owns two other campuses that they decided to rent out. There should be a discussion of that decision along with the request to keep building at the two present sites.

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Posted by member
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 6, 2013 at 1:46 pm

The leases were recently signed and probably can be broken, as you have seen in other districts. The growing enrollment at Las Lomitas and La Entrada was happening as the private schools pushed for new leases.
Tearing down classrooms that were recently renovated and we are still paying bond taxes on while paying for new bonds should be more carefully looked at.

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Posted by Old MP
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 6, 2013 at 6:16 pm

Re-opening La Loma would be my first choice. You can leverage existing managerial roles and use existing large facilities (e.g., gym, etc) for both schools.

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Posted by Marty
a resident of Portola Valley: Ladera
on Aug 7, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Good grief! More money! This is not a fancy private school we're running. Compared to other districts, Las Lomitas is wallowing in money--money they have not used wisely in planning for the future. Leases were renewed despite the district being aware of increasing enrollment. Those two schools could have been remodeled for significantly less than this proposed bond.

Due to our community's affluence,our local schools districts have found it all too easy to raise bond after bond. However, not all of us are so affluent. This time I will not vote for any bond. If parents want more and more, let them pay for it with more fund raising.

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