Newsletter

Newsletter
 January 15, 2018
 THIS WEEK ON THE
SAN FRANCISCO PENINSULA 
News that Impacts Your Quality of Life
One of the treasures in every community is its schools.  This SFPNA newsletter celebrates Martin Luther King with school news. In future newsletters we will highlight more successes and challenges in our schools.
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Oracle has spoken
“Design Tech High School 
started its classes Tuesday, Jan. 9, in a state-of-the-art facility built by Oracle Corporation…Threatening clouds couldn’t dampen the spirits of ribbon cutting stakeholders…. recognizing the novel collaboration between a public school system and international corporation.”

Ed. Comment:

If the economic boom continues, we anticipate more tech schools and hopefully a few less-tech schools.

 Eyes on the prize
 “No rest for the weary……Quadruple whammy hits San Mateo County schools
… and 23 school districts up their game to manage new teacher shortage, housing costs, Baby Boomer retirement and much more.”

Ed. Comment: We urge all local newspapers to follow this story.

How to win friends
Santa Clara County Tax Assessor’s annual report to citizens is now available and worth a scan. It is actually digestible. Take note of increases in assessed values….. San Francisco County up 10.6%. San Mateo County up 7.9%. Santa Clara County up “only” 7.4%. See page 9 for comparison of assessments by county.

Ed. Comment:

One of the most popular and most effective elected officials in Santa Clara County is Tax Assessor Larry Stone. His report also includes assessed values of school districts. How taxes actually get from taxpayers to state government and back to school districts is too complicated for this newsletter.

Utopia or Dystopia
“The Los Altos School District’s plans to buy a new school site in Mountain View — possibly through eminent domain — is being called into question by parents who say the district doesn’t need the space. But School board President said the district is focusing 95% of its efforts on buying the new site….which cobbles together three parcels.” PaloAltoDailyPost
Ed. Comment:
 
Los Altos and Mt. View share school district responsibilities. They need both Socrates and Solomon to create schools to serve the wave of kids arriving in the next few years.
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 Editors Neilson Buchanan and John Guislin are unpaid, private citizens on the SF Peninsula and have no ties to developers or government organizations.

 

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