Altered Criteria

One thing that always happens in hot markets is a buyers criteria gets reduced. In a slow market a buyer can afford to be picky and bad locations, plenty of needed improvements or schools that don’t have API scores over 900 can eliminate a property from someone’s choices. Not now though! I mention the API […]

School Growth

The new and improved Foster City school looks fantastic, huh? Yet, the discussion/debate about more schools continues. It continues for good reason too. Oddly, or not oddly, the subject of new schools is a hot one in communities all over the Peninsula. Seems like everywhere I go I hear constant debate about this topic. I’ve […]


I guess it goes without saying that good schools are a pretty good element for an community’s property values. Good schools are a reason people decide to live in certain places. In Foster City the schools are both fantastically good and are also a very good reason why prices are stable here. Every year the […]

Square 1 for a 4th School

                Well, it’s back to the drawing board for those hoping to add a 4th elementary school in Foster City…or in outlying San Mateo for that matter. Due to opposition, the idea of re-creating Charter Square for said school via a bond was dropped last Thursday by the […]

New API’s

  API   Met Growth Target   2011 Growth 2010 Base 2010-11 Growth Target 2010-11 Growth   School- wide All Subgroups Both Schoolwide and Subgroups     SAN MATEO-FOSTER CITY 840 839 D 1           Elementary Schools   Albion H. Horrall Elementary 730 724 5 6   Yes No No   Audubon Elementary […]

4th School Delay

The big $25 million bond to build a 4th Foster City school will not go on the November ballot after all. Officials decided last night to pull it to conduct more studies on the possible site. They’re pretty tight lipped about their location as well. District officials are still planning to construct the new school, […]

New School=Tax

It would appear that the addition of a fourth school here in Foster City is going to come along with a tax in order to pay for it. The land can be purchased through funds through the 2008 Measure L. The contruction of the new school is to be funded by a bond measure costing […]

How Much?

Now a dollar figure has been attached to building a 4th elementary school in Foster City. That number is 40 million. It would be come via a bond measure that would likely go before FC voters this November too. What’s interesting is that the vote will most likely be contained to Foster City residents only. […]

So Close…Yet So Far

In yet another classic example of a dog chasing it’s own tail…the San Mateo-Foster City School District is targeting private property in Foster City on which to build a new elementary school. Here’s how the Mercury-News reported it the other day: “District officials told the board Thursday that they plan to pursue talks over the […]

The 4th School

The San Mateo-Foster City school district has come up with a new idea about the addition of another elementary school for kids in this town. It’s going to be discussed tonight in closed session at a board meeting, but the idea is that a 4th school could be added at the end of Mariners Island […]