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Ravenswood faces financial crisis

Original post made on Jan 26, 2018

After discussing pressures that would lead to a budget shortfall for more than a year, the Ravenswood school district now finds itself where it was 13 months ago, only with a greater sense of urgency to make the cuts necessary to balance the district's budget.

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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Jan 26, 2018 at 4:32 pm

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With property tax revenues ballooning, and enrollment declining, both Ravenswood and Redwood City school districts will shortly become Basic Aid districts.(if they are not already there) At that point, their revenue per student will grow as enrollment declines. They need to deal with that fact and downsize their facilities and staff.


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Posted by Ravenswood facilities assessment report
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jan 28, 2018 at 8:28 am

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Suggest everyone read the facilities assessment study done several years ago. The whole system is crumbling way past it's useful life. It has actually become a health hazard.

Why the Fire Dept. has not closed all the buildings down for being unsafe raises an interesting question.

It's not ADA compliant, there are hundreds of hvac dangerous conditions, also hundreds of electrical dangers. The report is a 100 pages long, Lots of deteriorating asbestos, water leaks, trip hazards, unfit bathrooms, no heat, .........

Where is our fire dept. Some day we will read about a fire and everyone will blame everyone else.

For starters, It might take some burden off Ravenswood by adding the Belle Haven Elementary to Menlo Park School District,


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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jan 29, 2018 at 1:02 am

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"Why the Fire Dept. has not closed all the buildings down for being unsafe raises an interesting question. "

The MPFPD has NO authority over the fire safety of these school buildings - that is a State responsibility.


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Posted by R.F.A.S.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jan 29, 2018 at 5:08 am

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@Peter,

That amounts to the same reasoning as,

If you had a fire truck driving by a burning building that wasn't in your district. Would you let it burn or put it out and settle the district issue later?

I can only assume you haven't read the study because with your background in Fire Safety I can't believe you would allow this to go on.






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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jan 29, 2018 at 5:12 am

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RSAS - The State Fire Marshall has total responsibility for the fire safety of these facilities.

MPFPD has neither the responsibility or ANY authority to intervene in this matter.


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Posted by R.F.A.S.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jan 29, 2018 at 6:01 pm

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That's a copout,

It's obvious you haven't read the study since there are multiple fire dangers waiting to happen. Think Oakland fire but with children.

Or on principal with your beuracratic background you wouldn't use your expertise and connections to have it addressed

This would never be allowed to exist West of the highway


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Posted by R.F.A.S.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jan 29, 2018 at 6:17 pm

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I find it interesting w/ 1,000 views other that you and I this article has spawned 1 comment.

My guess is Menlo Park residents hope this will go away, they don't want to think too much about the East Side,

Especially when they want to build a 50 Million dollar library, on the West Side. How about a 15 Million Dollar new state of the art campus for our growing young minority children and a 35 Million Dollar Library?

Where are the philanthropists when they could actually improve quality of life and safety at the same time.


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on Jan 30, 2018 at 4:51 pm

R.F.A.S. - are you unaware of the RCSD having a school west of 101? Given your concern about the condition of the buildings, are you going to contact the State of Calif and tell them to take action?


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