Cupertino Union School District Superintendent Stacey Yao reviewed six recommendations for school closures and consolidations at Thursday’s special board meeting – and Montclaire Elementary in Los Altos is not among them.
Before Yao introduced the recommendations, she presented several reminders to the board.
“With the conversation in identifying schools to close and consolidate, it does not increase the class size at our schools,” she said. “We have an agreement with our teachers’ union that actually shares what our class sizes are going to be, and we will continue that even through school consolidation.”
According to Yao, grades K-3 will have a student-teacher ratio of 24:1, grades 4-5 will have 33:1 and middle schoolers will have 25:1.
Surplus property created by closure and/or consolidation would be leased rather than sold, Yao said.
“We have had the benefit of vacating a few of our schools ... several years ago,” she said. “We leased them, and that’s an incoming revenue that will be important for our budget moving forward.”
The closures and consolidations wouldn’t occur until at least the next year school year, Yao reported. This year CUSD officials will focus on planning and working with local neighborhoods and parents to ensure a smooth transition.
Yao added that alternative schools will not be closed, as they are an important part of CUSD.
“There are waitlists to get into the alternative schools, and so the board has decided they will continue to be in existence,” she said. “They are not being eliminated.”
Following are the six scenarios Yao recommended to the board.
• Middle schools will remain open. Based on staff evaluation, it was determined it would not be feasible to close any of the middle schools within the next three years. District staff recommended continued monitoring of enrollment through the 2025-2026 school year. If enrollment falls below 700 students, staff recommended convening a new Citizens’ Advisory Committee to review the prospect of closing a middle school.
• Consolidate John Muir Elementary School. The Young Child Center would be maintained at the Muir site, as would the Cuperdoodle Preschool. Students in grades TK-5 who currently attend Muir would join Dilworth Elementary, though they would have priority enrollment at Blue Hills.
• Relocate the Cupertino Language Immersion Program (CLIP) to the Muir campus. With relocation of CLIP, the Mandarin Preschool would be maintained at Muir.
• Close Regnart Elementary. Current K-5 students would join Lincoln and Blue Hills, with priority enrollment to the schools.
• Close Meyerholz Elementary. Current non-CLIP K-5 students would join Eaton Elementary, with priority enrollment at Blue Hills, Dilworth and Sedgwick.
• Cap alternative schools at no more than four kindergarten classes. Priority enrollment would be granted to designated school zones and established boundaries. This recommendation also proposes staffing all elementary schools with a minimum of two kindergarten classes.
The recommendations will be discussed further and acted on at the Oct. 14 CUSD board meeting.
What led to the situation
CUSD has experienced a decline in finances as well as a drop in student enrollment every year since 2015-2016, with the trend projected to continue through 2028.
Based on community feedback, district officials paused the process of deciding whether to close and/or consolidate schools to pursue passage of a parcel tax. Voters rejected the Measure A parcel tax in May. The district resumed the work of selecting schools for possible closure based on the previous work of the Citizens’ Advisory Committee.