Community Engagement Opportunities
The Menlo Park City School District is engaging with you as partners in providing the excellent, community-funded education that we all expect for our children.
Parents, please complete this survey about potential cost savings and a parcel tax replacement. Please submit the survey by March 22 so its data can be shared with the School Board at the March 25 meeting.
Three Community Engagement Sessions were held over Zoom. Input from these sessions will be presented to the School Board at a March 2021 meeting.
Monday, February 22, 7:00-8:00 p.m. Register in advance for this meeting here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Thursday, February 25, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Register in advance for this meeting here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Saturday, February 27, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Register in advance for this meeting here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
For additional information and to give input, please attend MPCSD Board Meetings, held over Zoom:
(Agendas and Zoom links are posted at www.mpcsd.org 72 hours prior to each meeting.)
- Special Board Meeting Thursday, February 25, at 5:00 p.m.
- Board Meeting Thursday, March 11, at 5:00 p.m.
- Special Board Meeting Thursday, March 25, at 5:00 p.m. At this meeting the Board will hear the findings from our Community Engagement Sessions and Polling
- Board Meeting Thursday, April 15, at 5:00 p.m. At this meeting draft language of the Parcel Tax will be considered and input sought
- Board Meeting Thursday, May 13, at 5:00 p.m. At this meeting the Board will approve the language of the Parcel Tax
As a community-funded district, nearly 90% of MPCSD's revenue comes from local sources: property taxes, parcel taxes, and philanthropic giving through our partners at Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation. Our community strongly supports its schools and 25% of our revenue comes from the choice that our parents and residents make to give to MPAEF and support parcel taxes.
MPCSD's most recent parcel tax, Measure X, passed in 2017 with nearly 80% of the vote. When Measure X passed, the district also made over $2 million in cuts as part of providing a four-year runway of financial stability while the School Board worked to create a path to longer term stability. Now, the four-year runway that Measure X provided is ending. The School Board has decided to put a replacement parcel tax on the ballot in November 2021. A replacement parcel tax will not be the only way MPCSD achieves long-term financial stability.
The School Board is also looking for cost savings that retain our history of student-centered stewardship while achieving efficiency without sacrificing quality. The Board looks to hear the community's input on its priorities. At the January 21, 2021 Board meeting, Superintendent Burmeister presented long-term cost savings and this potential cost savings worksheet. The Board will take the community's input into consideration when making its budget recommendations.