Building a new school in Foster City
Overcrowding of Foster City's elementary schools is a threat to the standards of educational excellence that our schools and the community have worked so hard to achieve. Foster City's elementary schools average approximately 678 students per school, as compared to San Mateo schools within the same school district that average approximately 397 students per school. Elementary school enrollment in Foster City is on the rise and is projected to increase 38% to a total student population of 2,500 by 2012. This is the highest projected elementary student population in Foster City history. The San Mateo-Foster City School Board has approved recommendations by the School District for a new school to accomodate this growth. Our high quality schools draw people to our community. Maintaining the quality of our schools is essential to our children's education and key to maintaining property values of our homes in Foster City. The undersigned citizens of Foster City support the construction of additional schools in Foster City. It is time to end overcrowding at our schools and plan for existing and future student population growth. We urgently request that the Foster City Council partner with the San Mateo-Foster City School District and the Coalition 4 Foster City Schools to build a new school in Foster City and provide for the timely availability of land for this new school site.