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Allocating $1M of the city surplus to our schools

From: domainremoved <Jordan>
Date: Fri, 2 Mar 2018 10:36:01 -0800

*Dear City Council Members,As a parent and taxpayer in the Menlo Park City
School District, I am writing to express my support for Councilmember
Mueller’s suggestion that the city give $1 million of its ERAF surplus to
MPCSD as mitigation for the cost of the increased school enrollment
expected from the Stanford housing development. I feel that if the City has
a way to help mitigate the gap in funding between what residential units
built by a tax-paying developer would generate for the school district, and
the one-time donation that Stanford made as a gesture towards filling that
gap, the City should not let this opportunity pass. With a $1 million gift,
put into endowment along with Stanford’s gift of $1.5 million, the school
district will be on track to annually generate 60% of the cost of educating
the Stanford development’s students, bringing it on par with what typical
housing developments generate.Please consider giving MPCSD a $1 million
gift so that when the new students arrive, as they surely will, the
district will be equipped with the resources to educate them. We all
appreciate the value that an excellent school district adds to our vibrant
community, and with your foresight and help, we can maintain the quality
that we all expect.Sincerely,Jordan Macdonald and Ritu ChitkaraParents of a
kindergartner at Laurel*
Received on Fri Mar 02 2018 - 12:38:53 PST

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