We just passed the renewal of two parcel taxes for B'game schools, but there is the eternal question of "Will it be enough?" An article in the Daily Journal highlights an Unintended Consequence that many in California forget about. I grew up in a state where the schools were under the control of the city councils including the budgets so councilmembers and city staff had more skin in the game when it came to providing sufficient classroom space et al. Replace "Foster City and San Mateo" with "B'game" below:
With student enrollment growing in Foster City and San Mateo, elementary school district officials are thinking outside of the box to compensate for the impact of new housing developments on already overcrowded computer labs, classrooms, increased traffic and new Foster City students having to attend schools in San Mateo.
Generally, thinking "out of the box" is good, but in this instance I have to ask if some "inside the box" thinking might be in order. Even though the school board and council are separate shouldn't each worry about the concerns of the other? Before we add hundreds of housing units in town near North Park and at the Post Office, is anyone asking where the new resident kids will go to school? I don't think they are and that is a predictable shame.