The Palo Alto school board is in the throws of determing the direction to take on both the elementary schools and middle schools growth. Do they build a new middle school or place six-graders back into the elementary schools? In addition, the projected enrollment growth is not consitent throughout Palo Alto. Demographic consultants indicated the district will have signifiicant growth in southern region of Palo Alto, while enrollment is projected to decline in the north.
What will the impact of Senate Bill 375 (greenhouse-gas-reduction law) have on the direction of the school disctricts planning? The goal is to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions between 2005-2035 by 15 percent. In order to accomplish this goal, cities are encourage to build housing near job s and transit corridors. There are a couple of different scenarios, but this could mean as few as 6100 new housing units in Palo Alto and that number could rise.