Public Statement on record to Millbrae City Council (March 13, 2018)
Tonight, we want to inform the Council and our Community that we recognize the upcoming housing development proposals; to include tonight‘s public hearing on the Gateway at Millbrae; as well additional developments under consideration by the City; and want to discuss our efforts to measure possible impacts to our school facilities.
Annually, it is the districts responsibility and process to project and monitor enrollment numbers and staffing; certainly I’m sure the Council will agree that proposed projects will generate students, which we as a school district must consider, in terms of impact.
In addition to our annual review process; we have consulted with School Works (A California based Company, which assist districts in facility planning and demographic analysis) to complete a Facility Needs Assessment for our district. To date, we are learning more information regarding projected enrollment (birth rate, historical straight line projections) as well as the possibility of projected students to be generated from the various developments being proposed to the Council.
We want to emphasize that any increase in housing (addition to an existing; or a brand new development) will most certainly have impact on our schools; and that we are taking action steps to address those possibilities. Whether or not a specific development is approved, our job is to assess all potential impacts, no matter how small or large the project; and to best plan on how to address; as our primary responsibility is in providing high quality education to all students in Millbrae.
In closing, we should have a final facilities report that will be shared with our community at an upcoming board meeting in April to include next steps for our District; in terms of a long-range Facilities Master Plan. We will share that information with City staff as well.
Superintendent of Millbrae School District on behalf of
Millbrae School District Board of Trustees