Protect PAUSD Schools

Protecting PAUSD school quality is a top priority of the Palo Alto school community

Stanford, under its proposed 2018 GUP, proposes to build 550 additional rental units on Quarry Road. Santa Clara County is considering, to address the County’s acute housing shortage, requiring Stanford to build additional high-density rental housing

The Stanford GUP family rental housing, based on County planning staff projections, is expected to generate between 275 (Stanford proposal) and 1445 (County proposal) additional students for PAUSD.

PAUSD , as a Community Funded (“Basic Aid”) school district relies on local property tax dollars to fund a large majority of its operating funds.

Stanford is exempt from paying property taxes on its rental housing units, by CA law.

Adding hundreds of new students with little or now additional property tax revenue would cause permanent PAUSD budget shortfalls, class size increases, and program reductions – irreparably damaging the quality of all PAUSD students, including those coming from Stanford.

Additionally, the Quarry Road housing development is miles from the nearest PAUSD school.

PAUSD board resolution (passed unanimously 11/4/18):

Stanford mitigate the impact on PAUSD of its housing expansion by:

  1. Annual payments to PAUSD or PiE based on the number of students residing in tax exempt housing owned by Stanford
  2. Setting aside a parcel of land for PAUSD to build a neighborhood school
  3. Impact fees to mitigate the cost of building the new school

Palo Alto PTA Council additional mitigation asks of Stanford:

  1. Contributions to the PAUSD Safe Routes to schools
  2. Fund the expansion of oversubscribed after school childcare on PAUSD campuses with Stanford staff student body
  3. Subsidized housing for PAUSD staff and teachers
  4. Hold community meetings on the Stanford GUP when PAUSD is in session.
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“As the Stanford GUP adds new housing and hundreds of new students to the Palo Alto school district, please do not dilute the quality of our schools. To protect our public school quality, please include in the Stanford GUP Development Agreement:
1. ANNUAL PAYMENTS to PAUSD or PiE for the cost of educating each student living in Stanford tax exempt housing – NO UNFUNDED STUDENTS
2. Elementary school site near the proposed housing – traffic mitigation, safe routes, neighborhood schools
3. Impact fees for the cost to build the new school
4. Contributions to the PAUSD Safe Routes to schools
5. Fund the expansion of oversubscribed after school childcare on PAUSD campuses with Stanford staff student body
6. Subsidized housing for PAUSD staff and teachers
7. Hold community meetings on the Stanford GUP when PAUSD is in session.
Thank you”

Board of supervisors email addresses:

Supervisor.Simitian@bos.sccgov.org
cindy.chavez@bos.sccgov.org
mike.wasserman@bos.sccgov.org
Dave.Cortese@bos.sccgov.org
supervisor.ellenberg@bos.sccgov.org

Stanford email addresses:

provost@stanford.edu
president@stanford.edu
jmccown@stanford.edu
demarest@stanford.edu
rcr@stanford.edu

More Info

PTA FAQ on the Stanford GUP

PAUSD Briefing Book on the Stanford GUP

PAUSD School Board Resolution

Palo Alto PTA Council Fact Sheet