Palo Alto Daily Post – by Allison Levistsky / January 29, 2018
The Palo Alto school district has responded to Stanford’s plan to expand by 2.3 million square feet with nine demands, including a third elementary school on campus, more on-campus housing and a commitment by the university to not seek tax exemptions for new homes it builds.
In a draft of a letter to Santa Clara County planners that the school board will finalize at a board meeting tomorrow (Jan. 30) night, the district calls for the university to increase its student generation rate, or the average number of K-12 students expected to live in each home the university builds.
The university has set a student generation rate of 0.5, while the school district says 0.98 is more appropriate.
Palo Alto Unified’s 2016 tax misestimation and 2017 contract blunder will affect bottom line for several years
Palo Alto Weekly – by Elena Kadvany / January 19, 2018
Palo Alto Unified, a well-resourced district that has set ambitious and costly educational goals for the next several years, is facing a financial squeeze: There is no ongoing revenue to pay for budget additions in the next school year, staff said Thursday.
This prompted board President Ken Dauber to ask Interim Superintendent Karen Hendricks to come up with $3 million to $5 million in administrative cuts, an amount he warned “may not be ambitious enough” to address an ongoing deficit.
LASD to decide whether to put Bullis charter at San Antonio site
Mountain View Voice – by Kevin Forestieri / January 18, 2018
Despite concerns about traffic and a desire to bring a local neighborhood school to families living in the San Antonio area, a majority of Mountain View City Council members agreed Tuesday night to let the Los Altos School District decide whether to relocate Bullis Charter School to Mountain View.
The council was split on a 5-2 vote, with members Margaret Abe-Koga and Pat Showalter opposed. The council majority said district officials should decide what kind of school would occupy a future campus in the San Antonio area, despite the major financial support from Mountain View to ensure that the densely populated neighborhood gets a local school and acres of park space.
Change would cost $70K, plus $30K in legal fees
Palo Alto Weekly – by Elena Kadvany / January 17, 2018
A proposal to impose a two-term limit on Palo Alto school board members received near unanimous support on Tuesday — save from the sitting member who is currently serving her third term.
Palo Alto Weekly – by Sue Dremann / December 8, 2017
New Ross Road fixtures are confusing bicyclists and drivers, creating danger, residents say
The city of Palo Alto’s effort to turn a south Palo Alto street into a bicycle-friendly boulevard is encountering a chorus of complaints from residents who say that the changes are making the road more dangerous.
Palo Alto Weekly – by PA Weekly editorial board / December 8, 2017
School board splits on whether and how to accept large anonymous donations
When developing a new public policy, a sure warning sign should be when the policy has to thread a needle to avoid violating existing laws and, in doing so, becomes convoluted and irrational.
The Palo Alto school board struggled Tuesday night trying to balance competing interests of transparency and donor privacy, and a bare majority (Ken Dauber, Jennifer DiBrienza, Terry Godfrey) approved a new policy that, in our opinion, skates on the edge of the law and brings an unacceptable level of secrecy.
Palo Alto Weekly – by Elena Kadvany / December 6, 2017
Members disagree on how to balance gifts and public accountability
The need to strike a balance between welcoming anonymous donations and providing transparency as a public agency divided the Palo Alto school board on Tuesday night, with its members ultimately approving in a 3-2 vote a new requirement for internally disclosing donors’ identities.
People or organizations who give the district more than $50,000 and wish to remain publicly anonymous will now have to disclose their identity to the superintendent, who would then inform each board member verbally, one by one. The board can waive this requirement in public session.
Palo Alto Weekly – by Gennady Sheyner / December 1, 2017
Palo Alto officials, residents question university’s plans to manage anticipated traffic and housing problems
The City Council plans to approve on Monday night a comment letter on the project’s voluminous draft Environmental Impact Report, which assesses likely consequences of the expansion. The letter takes issues with Stanford’s assumptions about traffic, groundwater and fire-service demand, among many other things.
Palo Alto Weekly – by Elena Kadvany / November 14, 2017
School trustees to discuss response to university’s proposed general use permit
Stanford University’s proposal to build hundreds of new housing units for graduate students, faculty and staff over the next 17 years represents a level of growth that a majority of Palo Alto school board members said will likely require a new school in the future.
Mountain View Voice – by Kevin Forestieri / September 28, 2017
Proposed housing boom would require plans to house thousands of new students
Council members unanimously agreed to add language to the North Bayshore Precise Plan that would require the region’s two major landowners, Google and Sobrato, to submit a “local school district strategy” as part of any dense residential project, showing precisely how the developers would assist in building local, neighborhood-oriented schools in the area. The strategy is fairly broad, and could include land dedication, funding, transferring development rights or other “innovative strategies.”