Next Steps Advisory Committee

The Next Steps Advisory Committee (NSC) was appointed as an advisory committee in February 2014. The Next Steps Committee’s charge was 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.

Phase I asked community and staff members to suggest options at six (6) Town Hall meetings and 20 school forums, or through an online survey in September and October 2014 facilitated by the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center (PCRC).  The options suggested are found in the Phase I report compiled by PCRC. 

During Phase II of the community engagement process, the Committee identified a series of viable options and asked for the communities’ input. Input from seven (7) Town Hall meetings, 23 school forums, and an online survey occurred during April 2015 and is compiled in the Phase II report prepared by PCRC. The Next Steps Committee considered over 4,000 pieces of input and created three (3) packages of viable options that address the school capacity and equity issues created by increasing student enrollment.

On June 4, 2015, the Next Steps Advisory Committee presented a series of recommendations to the Board of Trustees for their consideration in the NSAC Report to the Board.  

Read more About the Next Steps Advisory Committee and view the Next Steps Final Report (June 4, 2015).

Committee Members

Two community leaders active in the Measure P campaign, one in favor and one against - Daniela Relaford &Isabelle Bushman; Two community leaders from the North Central community in San Mateo - Evelia Chairez & 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 & Larry Lowenthal; and Two Board of Trustees liaisons, one from San Mateo and one from Foster City - Ed Coady & Audrey Ng.

Meetings were facilitated by AddieRose Mayer, Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center, were open to the public and publicized.

December 2014 Update

Phase One of the Next Steps Community Engagement Process is complete! Thank you to parents, staff and the community-at-large for participating in the first phase this outreach effort to identify best options for the District to address the impact of increasing student enrollment on school capacity and equity.

Assisted by the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center (PCRC), the Next Steps Advisory Committee’s (NSC) outreach included many voices critical to the future of the youth in our two cities-one school district community. The full report on Phase One can be accessed on this site by clicking on the tab to the left. Highlights of Phase One are:

  • development of an informational video featuring members of NSC describing the purpose of the engagement process;
  • development of a Next Steps Committee website to keep the public informed;
  • announcements of the process mailed to every residential and business address in San Mateo and Foster City;
  • over eleven hundred responses to the NSC online survey;
  • nearly four hundred attendees at one or more of the six NSC Town Hall Meetings held in October and November;
  • thirty-seven outreach meetings with various community groups and leaders reaching several hundred community leaders and stake holders;
  • five hundred plus attendees at twenty-one school forums.

As is evident in the Phase One report, many ideas and options were suggested which are now being analyzed by the NSC for Phase Two of their engagement process. Conferring with experts, the Committee is considering the costs, benefits, and impacts of the solutions suggested.

Phase Two will begin a second round of community engagement meetings asking parents, staff and the community-at-large to provide feedback on the options that the Committee has determined to be the most viable. Once again, every voice will be needed in the conversation. The future of our community's youth depends on it. Dates of community meetings are in process and will be announced after the first of the year.

After evaluating the input from Phase Two, the Next Steps Advisory Committee will recommend the best options to address the impact of increasing student enrollment on school capacity and equity to the San Mateo-Foster City School District Board of Trustees in the spring of 2015.

Updates to parents, staff and the community will be ongoing.

Beginning January 2015, the Next Steps Advisory Committee continues to meet on the first and fourth Monday of the month at the District Office, 1170 Chess Drive in Foster City, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Saturday tours of the schools are ongoing. The meetings are open to the public. Please check this website page for updates.

Meeting Highlights & Presentations

2015 Next Steps Town Hall Meetings

Open to all school, staff, parents and community members.

Tuesday-April 7  6:00-8:00 pm

  • Laurel Elementary School GYM - 316 36th Avenue, SM
  • Spanish translation available/Child care for ages TK-5

Wednesday-April 8 6:00-8:00 pm     

  • Audubon School MPR - 841 Gull Avenue, FC
  • Spanish translation available/Child care for ages TK-5

Thursday-April 9 6:00-8:00 pm     

  • Borel Middle School GYM- 425 Barneson Avenue, SM
  • Spanish translation available/No Child Care

Monday-April 20 6:00-8:00 pm     

  • Bayside S.T.E.M. Academy GYM - 2025 Kehoe Avenue, SM
  • Spanish translation available/ No Child Care

Tuesday-April 21 6:00-8:00 pm     

  • College Park School MPR - 715 Indian Avenue, SM
  • Spanish translation available/Child care for ages TK-5

Wednesday-April 22 6:00-8:00 pm     

  • Foster City School MPR - 461 Beach Park Blvd., FC
  • Spanish translation available/Child care for ages TK-5

2015 Staff Forums

The Next Steps Committee held a series of Forums for parents and staff at various locations in the School District on different days of the week and at different times of the day. The Committee was looking for perspectives from parents and staff members from a variety of schools at each Forum. Community members who were unable to attend one of the Town Halls were welcome to attend a Forum.

  • April 7 - Tuesday        1:00 p.m.     Highlands Elementary - LGI Room     2320 Newport St., San Mateo
  • April 14 - Tuesday     8:30 a.m.      Community Baptist Church     15 S. Humbolt Street, San Mateo
  • April 16 - Thursday     3:30 p.m.     Foster City Elementary - MPR     461 Beach Park Blvd., Foster City
  • April 17 - Friday          9:00 a.m.     Baywood Elementary - MPR     600 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo
  • April 20 - Monday       9:00 a.m.     Sunnybrae Elementary - LGI Room     1031 S. Delaware St., San Mateo
  • April 20 - Monday       1:00 p.m.     George Hall Elementary - LGI Room     130 San Miguel Way, San Mateo
  • April 21 - Tuesday      1:00 p.m.     Abbott Middle - Library     600 W. 36th Ave., San Mateo
  • April 21 - Tuesday      4:00 p.m.     Bayside S.T.E.M. Academy - Faculty Room     2025 Kehoe Ave., San Mateo
  • April 22 - Wednesday  9:00 a.m.     Brewer Island Elementary - MPR     1151 Polynesia Dr., Foster City
  • April 22 - Wednesday  1:00 p.m.     Beresford Elementary - MPR     300 W. 28th Ave., San Mateo
  • April 23 - Thursday     8:30 a.m.     College Park Elementary - MPR     715 Indian Ave., San Mateo
  • April 23 - Thursday     7:00 p.m.     College Park Elementary - MPR     715 Indian Ave., San Mateo
  • April 24 - Friday         8:30 a.m.      Fiesta Gardens Elementary - MPR     1001 Bermuda Dr., San Mateo

2014-2015 NEXT STEPS COMMITTEE REGULAR MEETING DATES

All regular meetings were held at the District Office Board Room located at 1170 Chess Drive, Foster City (unless otherwise noted)

2014 August 4, August 25, September  8, September 29, October 6, October 27, November  3, November 24, December 1, December 8

2015 - January 5, January 10, January 12, January 19, January 26, February 2, February 9, February 13, February 23, March 2, March 23, April 6, April 27, May 4, May 11, May 18

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