The Los Altos School District is not only near to acquiring a 10th school site and solidifying a much-needed solution to enrollment growth, but it is actually saving tens of millions of dollars in the process. Thanks to months of hard work by the district and the city of Mountain View, our community’s vision of a 10th school site and neighborhood park north of El Camino Real is close to becoming reality.
Since the passage of Measure N in 2014, the Los Altos School District has worked to find a comprehensive, long-term solution to relieve overcrowding for current and future students. There’s no denying that it was a long and sometimes difficult process, but the end result will be well worth the wait. We commend district staff for methodically examining every option to ensure that they arrived at the best solution. Having closely considered dozens of potential sites, we are confident that the recommended site north of El Camino Real truly is the best solution.
The search for an additional site was first and foremost about finding a resolution that would have the greatest impact on the education of our children. The recommended 8.6-acre site does just that. It undoubtedly provides the greatest opportunity to protect our small-school model. As an added bonus, the Greater San Antonio neighborhood will be able to secure the open space residents have desperately needed.
The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees is excited to fulfill the promise it made to voters, and rightfully so. The district is also right to be incredibly grateful to the city of Mountain View. The transfer of development rights policy and a city commitment to contributing park funding to the shared-use land would help the district save tens of millions of Measure N dollars. With land at a premium in our area, that is no small feat.
This innovative approach to local government produces a win-win for our schools and the city of Mountain View – a monumental achievement.
We are eager for the city of Mountain View to give the final thumbs-up to this plan in January and are confident that the Mountain View City Council will make the right choice for the community. When it does, it could be the final step in a truly community-driven, landmark accomplishment for future generations.
Nancy Morimoto and Duncan MacVicar are members of the Los Altos School District’s 10th Site Committee. MacVicar also serves on the district’s Citizens Oversight Committee.