District Growth & Development

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The District supports smart growth in our city, and the building of a community that allows our families and staff members to affordably live, work and thrive here in Mountain View.  The City of Mountain View has approved  new development in areas such as North BayshoreEast Whisman, Terra Bella, and other projects throughout the city.

It is estimated that up to 20,000 new residential units will be added in Mountain View in the next 10 to 15 years. Much of this growth will be in the northern portion of our district, as well as the El Camino corridor.

These exciting new developments, though, mean that MVWSD is facing the addition of approximately 3,430 K-8 students who are coming to schools that are not yet built. At a current land price of $12 million per acre, MVWSD has a billion dollar problem of how to acquire land and fund construction for these new schools. MVWSD may need the equivalent of two new elementary schools plus additional seats for middle school students.  

This presents some challenges for the District. Partnerships with City, the developers, and residents are the path forward to planning for the future.
· Existing Capacity. Predicted growth exceeds current school facility capacity
· Land is expensive and in high demand 
· Construction. The cost of construction alone is estimated at $338-443 million.
· Traffic. The negative effect of additional traffic on our schools, staff, families and community.

MVWSD looks forward to working together to solve these community issues and dreaming of our schools of the future.
Shoreline Regional Park Community
North Bayshore and other developments will stretch the limits of existing school facilities. It’s predicted that many of our schools will reach or exceed student capacity by 2027. Without additional resources, MVWSD will have fewer dollars to spend per student, which could result in crowded classrooms and reduced services. The District could have to repurpose school fields for new classrooms.

Residents value schools as an important community service. MVWSD provides educational excellence at a bit of a disadvantage, however.  Some revenue that would otherwise go to our schools comes from the Shoreline Regional Park Community, a special tax district that redirects tax revenue from MVWSD to the City. The City redistributes a portion back to the schools, but it is only 38% of MVWSD’s entire share.

To continue to provide the same quality of education as our community grows, the District will work with the City to increase the Shoreline Regional Park Community tax increment to properly fund the influx of new students. Additionally, we’ll work with the City and stakeholders to reserve sites for future elementary schools and adjust the current facilities to accommodate additional students.

We encourage parents and community members to learn more about this issue. The public is invited to attend the meetings of the Board of Trustees as they will be studying this issue in future meetings. For agendas and meetings: mvwsd.org/trustees.

To learn more:
Shoreline Regional Park Community Presentation, Board of Trustees, Sept 8, 2022
Shoreline presentation to the Board of Trustees, March 3, 2023
Funding options to accommodate future growth
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