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Next Steps Advisory Committee

The Next Steps Committee was appointed in February 2014 following the failure of Measure P last November. Measure P addressed school capacity challenges, updating classroom technology, and improving energy efficiency at each school.

The Next Steps Committee’s charge is to engage the external and internal communities of the San Mateo-Foster City School District and listen to other options for addressing school capacity and equity issues created as student enrollment continues to grow.

The Committee encourages you to attend their meetings and participate in the school tours. The meetings are held on the first and third Monday* of the month, 5:30-7:00  p.m., at the District Office, 1170 Chess Drive, Foster City.   An exception is the next meeting which is April 28.   The next tour will be announced shortly.   Please check the website ( for updates, meeting schedule, agendas, and highlights of each meeting.

The next steps we take as a District are critical.  Please support the work of the Next Steps Committee by attending the meetings and/or following the work of the Committee on the website, and participating in the community engagement opportunities to be scheduled this fall.


NEXT MEETING: APRIL 28 (*one-time exception to third Monday scheduling)


April 7, 2014 - HIGHLIGHTS - pending

March 29, 2014 - HIGHLIGHTS

School Tours of:

  • North Shoreview K-8 Montessori School
  • Horrall Elementary School
  • Audubon Elementary School
  • Bowditch Middle School
  • Brewer Island Elementary

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School Tours of:

March 17, 2014 - HIGHLIGHTS:

Meeting #2 Objectives:

  • Review advisory committee general timeline
  • Understand how enrollment is determined in the school district
  • Understand data regarding capacity issues
  • Review/learn school locations in the district


Committee Members:

Daniela Relaford, Isabelle Bushman, Evelia Chairez, Mark Hudak, Larry Lowenthal, Ed Coady, Audrey Ng


Dr. Cynthia Simms


AddieRose Mayer, Manager of Facilitation Services, Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center

Guest presenter:

Molly Barton, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services

  • Advisory Committee Visual and Timeline
    • Facilitator AddieRose Mayer presented a visual representation of the three parts of the committee charge and general timeline:  Issue Exploration, Community Engagement, Policy Recommendations. 
    • By the end of June the committee will have a strong understanding of the school capacity needs and equity challenges due to increased enrollment and completed the selection process for external and internal engagement strategies.
  • School Location Review
    • Committee members received a map of the locations of school district schools.   The Committee expressed interest in a guided tour of the district schools
  • School Capacity and Student Enrollment Presentation: Molly Barton
    • Molly Barton presented student enrollment projections and the process used by the San Mateo-Foster City School District to determine student capacity at each school (a shortened version of the school board study session she presented in February)
    • [Insert link to presentation]
  • Q&A
  • Looking Forward
    • A tour of district schools will be scheduled for an upcoming Saturday with Lory Lawson, Board of Trustees member, San Mateo-Foster City School District
    • Upcoming Advisory Committee meetings: April 7, April 28, May 5, May 19, June2, June 16, June 30
    • If needed,  a half-day session will be scheduled to meet goals by June
  • Audience Questions and Considerations for Next Meeting
    • Considerations during the district schools tour
      • Exit the vehicle and walk around the buildings
      • Compare schools with and without Measure L improvements for contrast
      • Compare sports facilities in middle schools (gym as dual purpose room) and multipurpose rooms in elementary schools
    •  How is the school district collaborating and sharing enrollment and facility information with San Mateo Union High School District?

March 3, 2014 - HIGHLIGHTS:

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Next Steps Advisory Committee Charge:

The Problem

Student enrollment in the San Mateo-Foster City School District continues to increase on an annual basis:

















School capacities are limited and long-term solutions to address increasing student enrollment must be identified and funded.

On November 5, 2013, voters in the San Mateo-Foster City School District did not approve Measure P, a proposed general obligation bond for $130 million to address growing student enrollment by increasing school capacity in the San Mateo-Foster City School District, to provide classroom technology for all students, and to add efficient energy systems at all schools. School capacity solutions identified for funding by Measure P included the addition of fifth grade to Bowditch Middle School and the reopening of Knolls Elementary School for a total of 1,050 additional seats.

Other options must be identified that will be supported by the voters in the San Mateo-Foster City School District.

Next Steps

A group of San Mateo and Foster City community leaders and residents with differing points of view will be convened by the Superintendent to:

  1. Engage the varied external and internal communities within the San Mateo-Foster City School District to generate other options for addressing school capacity and equity challenges created by increasing student enrollment.
  2. Review all options generated through community engagement for benefits, costs, and impacts on students, staff, families, and affected communities.
  3. Prioritize options and provide opportunities for further community engagement.
  4. Recommend best option(s) for addressing long-term school capacity needs and equity challenges to the Superintendent.

Next Steps Advisory Committee

Two community leaders active in the Measure P campaign, one in favor and one against - Daniela Relaford and  Isabelle Bushman

Two community leaders from the North Central community in San Mateo - Evelia Chairez and Gloria Brown

Two community leaders, one from San Mateo and one from Foster City, whose children have graduated from the San Mateo-Foster City School District - Mark Hudak and Larry Lowenthal

Two Board of Trustees liaisons, one from  San Mateo and one from Foster City - Ed Coady and Audrey Ng


Philanthropy Group

May 2, 2013 - Board Presentation - Philanthropy Group Report (final)

Magnet School Studies

September 5, 2013 - Board approved Magnet School Policy No. 0411

- Magnet School Policy No. 0411

April 11, 2013 - Board Study Session

- Enrollment Management Plan & Magnet Study Review 

- Magnet Schools Data (Updated)

- Richard Kahlenberg’s article From All Walks of Life, New Hope for School Integration”

Enrollment Management Plan

March 7, 2013 - Board Meeting Presentation - Enrollment Management Plan

February 21, 2013 - Board Meeting Presentation - Enrollment Management Plan - Short & Long Term Recommendations

January 17, 2013 - Board Meeting Presentation - Enrollment Management Plan - Short Term Recommendations

December 3, 2012 - Board Study Session Presentation - Enrollment Management Plan - Part II Elementary Magnet School & NC Boundaries

October 23, 2012 - Board Study Session Presentation - Enrollment Management Plan

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