With Another Petition, Merimont Continues Talks to Leave South City School District

Should the Merimont residents be transferred to San Bruno and San Mateo Union High districts or stay in the South City district? The issue has been raised once again and talks are planned.

In the coming weeks, locals will hear more about a petition to transfer the Merimont subdivision property in San Bruno out of the South San Francisco Unified School District and into the San Bruno Park Elementary and the San Mateo Union High School districts.

Seventy residents at the subdivision submitted the petition to the San Mateo County superintendent in August, amid a longstanding long-standing dispute over the property. 

According to the petition, residents who moved into the subdivision many years ago became aware in 2011 that that their homes are within the South City district. The petition reads:

Most of our children in our neighborhood currently attend San Bruno Park Elementary and have forged friendships and bonds with students and school staff with the San Bruno community. Our children should have the opportunity to continue attending San Bruno schools and eventually attend San Mateo Union High schools with their friends and neighbors thereby maintaining a strong comuntiy identity and without having the need to annually petition an interdistrict transfer.

The petition also states that property taxes would no longer go to South City's district after the proposed district reorganization, and that the change would have a "relatively small negative effect" on South City Unified's budget.

Yet it is not confirmed whether South City Unified would in fact stop receiving property taxes for the subdivision.

"It's not really clear," said South San Francisco Unified Superintendent Alejandro Hogan. "We're waiting for full disclosure from the County Office of Education on the particulars."

According to Hogan, the disputed property is home to about 21 students, 8 of whom attend South City schools, 8 of whom attend in the San Bruno Park District and the remainder of whom attend private schools or others that are in neither San Bruno or South City districts.

If all three district boards agree to support the petition and make the change, then only the county committee will have to approve the change.

If one of the district boards involved does not agree to support the petition, then the issue will likely be put to an election. The petitioners and school boards will have an opportunity to appeal the county committee's decision if they choose to. If an appeal is filed, the issue will go to the Sate Board of Education and the process will begin again.

In a recent meeting, the South San Francsico Unified School District voted to reject the aims of the petition and maintain jurisdiction in the Merimont subdivision.

The first of two public meetings will be held Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. at Rollingwood Elementary in San Bruno. The second meeting will be Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. at the school district board room of South San Francisco.

Tell us in the comments section below what you think of the proposed transfer.

Get more news and sign up for our daily NEWSLETTER |  Like South City Patch on Facebook | Follow South City Patch on Twitter | Blog for South City Patch


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »