Trustees approved the recommended enrollment priorities drafted by the Enrollment Priorities Task Force. The new Administrative Regulation No. 5115 will go into effect in the 2019-2020 school year and give first priority for enrollment to students who reside in a neighborhood’s school boundaries. Second priority will be given to students who are the children of staff working as .5 FTE or higher if space is available at a school site. Voluntary transfers are allowed to under-enrolled schools – those with 25% or greater under-enrollment – on a year by year basis and not including siblings. Special circumstances will be reviewed on a case by case basis for exemptions through a formalized process via the district office. For the choice schools, Mistral and Stevenson, a parent is required to attend an information session before applying.
The board also voted to adopt one exemption for the roll-out of new school boundaries in the 2019-2020 school year. When the new enrollment boundaries take effect, students entering fifth grade and their younger siblings will be grandfathered for one year. All other students will move to their new school if they are in a different enrollment boundary. After that first year, the younger siblings of the grandfathered fifth graders will transfer to their new school if they are in a different enrollment boundary. If a student has special hardship circumstances in light of the transfer, they can apply on a case by case basis for an exemption through the district office.
Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary School won support from the board as the name of the new school planned to open in the 2019-2020 school year. Articles detailing the decision can be found in the Mountain View Voice and the San Francisco Chronicle. Based on the list of names suggested during the community input process, trustees also voted to give the district’s two preschool locations the joint name of Barack and Michelle Obama Preschool and to rename the boardroom the Gail Urban Moore Leadership Center in honor of Trustee Gail Urban Moore who served on the Mountain View Elementary School Board for 29 years.
Solar Power Planning
Over the summer the district will send out a request for proposals (RFP) for solar power installation across district school sites. Sage Renewables presented the board with a projected cost benefit analysis of installing solar panels across all school sites or at three school sites with the most space and highest return available. Board members also discussed funding sources, including the possibility of a new bond measure.
2018-2019 Budget Adoption (5/31)
The board adopted the final budget for the 2018-2019 school year after staff corrected an error that led to a miscalculation in the projected budget over several years. In an accounting mistake, the district underestimated revenues and overestimated costs leading to a savings this year of $1.6 million. The savings this year mean the district will also be within budget for the next three years.
A public hearing was held and the final Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) was adopted by the board.
— Devon Conley, Observer