School Board to Vote on Disputed Property in San Bruno

The issue is coming to a head after residents petitioned to change school district boundaries.

South San Francisco's School Board will vote today whether to support a petition to change school district boundaries to allow San Bruno to have jurisdiction over property on Merimont Cir. near Monte Verde Park. 

The vote in the midst of a long-standing dispute over property within San Bruno that is also part of the South City Unified School District.

The San Mateo Daily Journal reports Thursday that in August, residents of the Merimont subdivison in San Bruno petitioned the San Mateo County superintendent the change school district boundaries since property tax money goes to the South City school district.

The Journal reports that: "When the issue originally came up, San Bruno Park officials said that when the county maps were changed in regards to the city limits, the district changes were overlooked. South San Francisco Unified, on the other hand, maintained that the district lines were never meant to be changed."

According to the SSFUSD board agenda for Thursday evening, staff recommends that the board oppose the petition so that the district can maintain jurisdiction over the area.

Do you live in or near the disputed area? Do you think school district boundaries should be changed? Tell us in the comments below.


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Alfonso Esqueda November 08, 2012 at 10:38 PM
If the property is in San Bruno..Then the money should go to San Bruno.
Chris Kiely November 08, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Property is not "in" the San Bruno School District. District boundaries aren't the same as City boundaries. Homes in Monte Verde and Lomita Park have been in other Districts for years, even though they are in the City of San Bruno. Problem with Merimont is that everyone thought it was in SBPSD because the school was there. Since it is a new group of houses, neither District has any real "history" behind making it go one way or the other. I'd say let the homeowners there vote on it and live with the result. Funny though, when the project was being built, the City of SSF was against there being any access to SSF from the north side, They didn't want the traffic!
Annie Goldstein November 08, 2012 at 10:56 PM
I am trying to understand this but I may not have enough brain power to understand it; please treat me like a 5 year old and explain this...Anyone?
Alfonso Esqueda November 08, 2012 at 10:58 PM
I say let Bill Baker and Chuck Z and Edwin decide for us. They seem to know whats better for our schools.
Chris Kiely November 08, 2012 at 11:20 PM
I'll try. School district boundaries don't match City boundaries. Never have. Monte Verde homes have always gone to SSF schools, even if they are in the City of San Bruno. No one has a problem with that. When Sandburg was a school, everyone assumed it was in the San Bruno Park School boundaries. It didn't matter, because there were no homes there. When it was developed, it turned out that it was in the SSF school boundaries. There is a process for changing boundaries in cases like this. That's what these homeowners are trying to do.
Bill Baker November 09, 2012 at 05:13 AM
Chuck, Chris and I might know what's better for the schools. However, I don't know Edwin. Maybe Alfonso and Edwin can get together and start a brain trust to figure things out.
Sbparents November 09, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Homeowners were told they belonged to San Bruno/ San Mateo union high districts. SSFUSD said Merimont was not part of their school disrtrict in 2009. Then they changed their mind and have voted against the petition now. Sadly they only care about the money
Chris Kiely November 09, 2012 at 08:22 PM
I went to the SSFUSD meeting last night to try to convince them to allow the petition. I pointed out that it will get sent to a vote of the homewowners, and that 58 of 70 had already signed the petition. All they are doing is making taxpayers jump through more hoops, for no good reason. They didn't care.
Alfonso Esqueda November 09, 2012 at 09:21 PM
This wouldnt have happened if we just built the Wallmart.
Rino Benenati November 09, 2012 at 11:50 PM
Merimont resident There is no fiscal impact to SSFUSD from what we are now understanding. The tax money that SSFUSD is receiving will remain that way even if the boundaries get changed. This was recently discovered at the last meeting with the board in Redwood city. Not sure if SSFUSD is aware of the info as it was just discovered. When we all bought houses here we were told and shown documents that prove we were part of the San Bruno Park / San Mateo district. Then someone decided to take our tax money and give it to SSFUSD with out any explanation or notice. We have a very strong sense of community and are very passionate about this issue. We will plead our case and see where it goes!
Annie Goldstein November 10, 2012 at 12:46 AM
I think they want to hold onto your property tax $$$. I say they should let you guys decide what school district you want to be a part of. Please join us in San Bruno; We'd love to have you at Crestmoor; the more the merrier!!!!
Rino Benenati November 10, 2012 at 01:45 AM
We begged and pleaded to be allowed into Crestmoor and were invited to kindergarten orientation only to be told that there was no room for us. There are many more stories in our neighborhood that are similar. Thanks for support though.
Chris Kiely November 10, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Sad how $$$ infects this whole process. Sure, SBPSD would love to have the kids, but they want the $$$ first. It doesn't occur to the folks down at the District Office that the Merimont residents would have a much easier time fixing the boundary lines, if the San Bruno Schools had already accepted all the kids.
Chris Kiely November 10, 2012 at 04:34 AM
Good luck! If you keep fighting through this process, I think you will win.
Scott C. November 10, 2012 at 06:43 AM
I believe there is room at Crestmoor because during the last few weeks before summer vacation we just barely raised enough money to hire one part-time teacher - who was allocated to teach kindergarten and reduce class sizes across Crestmoor's K-5 grades. Also, I know that Crestmoor recently acquired a new student - point being, if there is still interest in transferring, it might be worth checking back with the district and/or the Crestmoor office manager. Please come to the SBPSD board meeting this Wednesday where you can ask questions - there you will likely meet Chris, myself and others. I look forward to learning more about your situation and watching it progress. Martin: Thanks for bringing this story to your well-managed Patch.
Chris Kiely November 11, 2012 at 07:14 PM
The Board should make it official policy that all kids from Merimont will be treated the same as any other kids living in the SBPSD boundaries. The should let them transfer in automatically if they want to, and assign them a neighborhood school like anyone else.
watchfultaxpayer November 12, 2012 at 08:12 AM
This should have ALL been settled at the point it was decided to sell the shcool and certainly before the homes were built More of the same poor administration and vision.
Scott C. November 12, 2012 at 07:19 PM
You get what you pay for ;-)
John Hanson November 13, 2012 at 01:10 AM
You may have forrgot Hutt was in charge of this mess also. I don't know how much proof anyone needs to know they have the wrong Supperintendant. I wish someone would demand details of his contract. The residents are paying his salary. Are we still paying Hutts Rent?
John Hanson November 13, 2012 at 04:00 AM
The School Board doesn't have a clue what's happening.Also still waiting for a rebuke from the bully Mr. Henderson.
Sbparents November 13, 2012 at 06:36 PM
We could use all of San Bruno's support at our petition's public hearings scheduled for San Bruno Park/San Mateo Union High School Districts Tuesday, November 27th 7:00 PM Rollingwood Elementary School 2500 Cottonwood Drive San Bruno South San Francisco Unified School District Thursday, December 6th 7:00 PM South San Francisco Unified District Board Room 398 B Street South San Francisco Thank you!! We love San Bruno
John Hanson November 14, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Is there a School Board meeting at El Crystal tonight,to discuss the Magnet School?
Chris Kiely November 14, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Deb November 28, 2012 at 01:28 AM
But wouldn't students be closer to Rollingwood? I would think that would be the neighborhood school.


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