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The San Mateo-Foster City School District held four Town Hall Meetings in December regarding school finance.  Our District is chronically underfunded and currently experiencing a structural deficit caused by increased pension liability, escalating costs of doing business and the loss of $7 million in parcel tax funds last year, we are concerned that any proposed cuts will negatively affect outcomes for our students.  Raising revenues would require a new parcel tax.  

Thank you to our SMFCSD community for joining us during our Town Hall Meetings, many ideas & solutions were shared.  Please take a moment to complete our community survey - which will be open until Jan. 8, 2018.  Thank you for your support of our schools!

Online Survey

For community members who were unable to attend a Town Hall meeting, please share your thoughts and perspectives by completing an online survey.

SMFCSD Structural Deficit Community Input Survey


Town Hall Meetings - 6:30-7:30 pm:

• Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at Abbott Middle School 
- 600 36th Avenue, San Mateo

• Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at Bowditch Middle School 
- 1450 Tarpon Street, Foster City

• Thursday, December 14, 2017 at Borel Middle School 
- 425 Barneson Avenue, San Mateo

• Monday, December 18, 2017 at Bayside Academy 
- 2025 Kehoe Avenue, San Mateo

Review the Town Hall Meeting PowerPoint Presentation.

Fiscal Advisory Committee Purpose

Dr. Joan Rosas commissioned a Fiscal Advisory Committee (FAC) in October 2017 to review and understand the District’s budget deficit and provide input regarding reductions and potential revenue enhancements via a parcel tax.  The Committee met two times in November and will meet again in January 2018.  The Committee is robust with representative membership from the SMFCSD community including:

  • Representatives of bargaining units and associations (SMETA/CSEA/SMEAA)Certificated and/or classified staff
  • Parents/guardians serving on Parent Teacher Association (PTA), School Site Council (SSC), English Language Advisory Council (ELAC) at the school site level
  • Parents/guardians with children attending SMFCSD schools
  • San Mateo-Foster City Education Foundation Board Members
  • City Council Members from Foster City and San Mateo
  • Service Organization Leaders / Other School Related Organizations
  • Community Partners (Representatives of the business community cannot have a financial relationship with the District)
  • San Mateo and/or Foster City Community Members