Almanac

Schools - February 12, 2014

How big will high school bond measure be?

The board of the Sequoia Union High School District meets Wednesday, Feb. 12, to discuss a pollster's report on voter willingness to fund major expansion to high school facilities, including on the campuses of Woodside and Menlo-Atherton.

The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. at district headquarters at 480 James Ave. in Redwood City.

The poll sampled 800 likely voters in late January about their support for bond measures of varying amounts, according to a staff report. The district says it needs capital improvement funds to accommodate an expected enrollment surge over the next six years. A community task force recently recommended a $225 million measure.

M-A is expected to take the brunt of the enrollment increase with 2,600 students by the 2020-21 school year, up from the current 2,000. Woodside High could rise to 2,200 by 2020-21, about 400 more students than at present.

The board will also consider the possibility of a volunteer campaign committee to build support for the measure and the effect on such a campaign of putting the measure on the June ballot versus the November ballot.

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