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Fiscal responsibility, high academic standards are key priorities for new board members

Original post made on Dec 10, 2018

There will be some new faces looking out from the dais at Menlo Park City School District board meetings starting Dec. 11, the day district parents Sherwin Chen and Scott Saywell begin their terms on the school board.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, December 10, 2018, 7:55 AM

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Posted by Kristin
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Dec 10, 2018 at 12:41 pm

Thank you for your leadership and service to the students of MPCSD, Scott, Sherwin, and Stacey!


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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Dec 29, 2018 at 2:40 pm

Jack Hickey is a registered user.

From June 5th Budget Assumptions
District enrollment has grown by about 30% over the last decade. In 2017/18, the District observed enrollment numbers and kindergarten classes that were noticeably less than projected. A new enrollment study was commissioned and presented to the Board in January 2018. The report indicated a flattening of enrollment through 2021/22 with slight increases beyond. This is well below the previous study which projected a potential growth of another 150 students by 2020/21.

What are the current enrollment numbers?

How about suspending the $360 parcel tax passed in 2017?


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Posted by Enough Of The Nonsense
a resident of another community
on Dec 29, 2018 at 4:36 pm

What about sticking to something you actually know something about, Jack?

Because education is NOT one of your strong suits. (That, and being a fan of Betsy DeVos...)


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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Dec 30, 2018 at 4:33 pm

Jack Hickey is a registered user.

ARGUMENT in FAVOR of Parcel Taxes in 2016

"The need for BOTH Measures A and C is clear:

* Professional enrollment projections forecast an additional 71 students enrolling next year in our four schools and a total of 213 additional students enrolling over the next five years."

What are the current enrollment numbers?

Voters rejected Measures A and C, and passed Measure X. Given the bogus enrollment projections, residents should demand a reduction in Parcel tax collections!




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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Dec 30, 2018 at 5:23 pm

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"Given the bogus enrollment projections, residents should demand a reduction in Parcel tax collections!"

The enrollment projections were done in a professional and sound manner - that these projections turned out to be incorrect does not make them "bogus".

And as soon as the Stanford apartments are finished there will be a significant increase in enrollment without any property tax or parcel tax payments to support those Stanford students.


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Posted by Enough Of The Nonsense
a resident of another community
on Dec 30, 2018 at 6:11 pm

Hate to break it to you like this, Peter -- but Jack isn't really interested in the truth.

Gets in the way of his "ideas," y'know...


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