In a public forum at 7 p.m. Monday, May 13, in the Performing Arts Center at Menlo-Atherton High School, officials from the Sequoia Union High School District will be seeking community input on possibly redrawing boundary maps that connect schools to neighborhoods.
M-A is located at 555 Middlefield Road in Atherton. A forum on the same topic is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, in the Woodside High School Performing Arts Center.
Projected enrollment increases, district officials say, stem from enrollment surges in elementary and middle schools in three Peninsula communities: Menlo Park, San Carlos and Belmont-Redwood Shores.
At M-A, which has 2,009 students in the current school year, enrollment would grow to 2,400 students by 2020, an increase of 19 percent, according to a consultant's projections. Woodside High would see its population of 1,710 students grow during the same period to 2,080, a 22 percent rise.
If students were distributed evenly among the four comprehensive high schools, each school would average 2,400 students in the 2020-21 school year, according to current projections. New boundary maps would be a near certainty because of the uneven impacts of this expected growth.
For example, under current boundaries, Menlo-Atherton High School would be expected to provide space for 2,600 students by 2020, space the school does not have. Woodside High, which has a capacity for 2,200, and would have 2,080 in 2020, well below the average but also well above its current enrollment of 1,710.
The district does not have the necessary $200 million for a new campus, Superintendent James Lianides has said. Voters in 2008 approved $165 million for capital improvements by approving Measure J, but the current balance is about $9 million. A new bond measure could pay for more classrooms, and that option did come up during the discussion.