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Census: Midpeninsula's population of kids, teens is shrinking

Original post made on Nov 1, 2021

The number of young people on the Midpeninsula is shrinking, even as the overall population grows, mirroring a trend throughout California. San Mateo County saw the number of people under 18 drop by 3.5% between 2010 and 2020.

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Posted by Observer
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Nov 1, 2021 at 12:03 pm

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Another reason to vote No on B. Too bad this wasn't publicized a couple months ago.

Posted by margomca
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Nov 1, 2021 at 1:30 pm

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Youth population in the 1980's also dropped. The Sequoia board closed 2 schools, San Carlos and Ravenswood, selling the valuable properties to cover expenses. Then that population began to grow. All 4 remaining schools had to be greatly expanded, but the money had been used (alas!). At the same time the Menlo Park school district closed Fremont School, selling the property on Middle where my children started 1st grade 1970, again not planning ahead for what they should have anticipated as an upswing of kids. MA's population grew from about 1400 in 1983 (when I began teaching there to a high of about 2400 (not exactly sure). My own street, East Creek Drive, had virtually no children when we moved here in 1993, now it is teeming with 1-6 year olds. Those who understand math will see that school age populations are a sine curve, up and down. Don't repeat the grievous errors of the 1980's. Believe me, the numbers will grow. This article refers to % of the population, but classrooms are filled with students, not %'s. Nowhere did I see any information regarding the number of pre-schoolers. That would be very telling indeed.

Comments about not voting for Prop B reflect a lack of historical perspective.

Posted by MenloVoter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Nov 1, 2021 at 6:51 pm

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good points, however, the need isn't now, so there's no need for another parcel tax. Voting no on B isn't going to bring about the closing of schools. Enrollment is falling/flat, there is no demonstrated need for additional money.

Posted by Brian
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Nov 1, 2021 at 7:08 pm

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Ravenswood High School was part of the Ravenswood School District, not the Sequoia School District. The Sequoia district has Sequoia, M-A, Woodside, Carlmont and San Carlos but closed San Carlos HS in 1982 and sold the property. This resulted in a lot of shuffling of students between the different high schools to "balance the load".

Menlo Park School District also had O'Connor School that was built in about 1956 if I remember correctly. They did not sell that property but leased it out for many years and then ended the lease, rebuilt it and it is now Laurel Upper Campus.

If the numbers are accurate then it does seem Prop B is premature. From what I have read elsewhere the enrollment within the district has not changed much in the last 10 years.

Posted by Observer
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Nov 1, 2021 at 9:52 pm

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Sorry Brian, but Ravenswood HS was part of the Sequoia HS district. It was closed in 1976 because of low enrollment and racial tensions. At is closing some board members and others saw it as a way to perhaps forcibly integrate its students into the other district high schools. The school was demolished in 1996, now the site of Home Depot etc. As for Fremont School it was in pretty bad shape on a small campus.

Posted by Observer
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Nov 1, 2021 at 10:56 pm

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Margomca, let's keep the facts straight.
Fremont school which opened in 1927 ceased operating as a school in 1971. In 1992 the MP district decided not to reopen Fremont which was being leased to the city.

Fremont School was deemed too small to operate cost effectively, and the Board felt it would be too expensive to bring it to compliance with modern ADA and educational standards.

The Board made the choice between allowing the City of Menlo Park to continue leasing Fremont, knowing that at the end of the contract, the City would take ownership of the school or eliminating plans for a new Multi-Purpose room from Hillview. The superintendent felt that if enrollment continued to rise that Encinal school had ample room to expand. So the Board voted to let go of the Fremont School in favor of expanding the facilities at the other four campuses. (from the district site)

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