Mt. View Whisman School District is located in the heart of California’s growing Silicon Valley area. The district had been grappling with overcrowding and growth for many years. Two elementary schools, Bubb and Huff, which had been accommodating students in portable classrooms and were out of space and no longer able to meet the State’s teacher to student ratio mandates. The district formed a task force to work with us and other district consultants to develop a plan to relieve the overcrowding and create a new attendance area for a new elementary school.
The district had open enrollment policies that had been in place for some time and a significant number of students were already attending a school other than their assigned schools. A large portion of Mt. View Elementary’s attendance area would now be served by the new school. The desire for small compact neighborhood school zones and safe walking routes to school as well as socioeconomic factors were also considerations.
Our boundary consultants developed two boundary scenarios and help facilitate a number of task force meetings. Our platform provided quick access to data to help analyze the viability of suggested modifications to the scenarios created. The boundaries also limited the enrollment pool for the popular Bubb and Huff elementary schools to residents living south of El Camino Real, which was seen as an important way to reduce overcrowding at both schools.
On June 15, 2017, the board adopted “Scenario A” on a 4-1 vote. Our boundary consultants continued to work with district staff to model the phasing in of the boundaries and work on policies surrounding the “grandfathering” of students currently enrolled in specific schools. The new boundaries unified families in the northeast region of the city by zoning the Whisman, Slater and Wagon Wheel neighborhoods for Slater Elementary. The boundaries also shifted the Shoreline West neighborhood from Bubb Elementary – one of the most crowded schools in the district – to Landels Elementary.