I live in the Los Gatos Mountains and
I'm reaching out to you to help us save , which has served our community for 150 years.
The board does not have any clear plan for the future of these students other than a one-year perspective.
The housing the board is providing us has so many issues that violate the right of our kids: Lack of space, play area, restroom, library, lunchroom, parking area and much more.
- The relocation of the school is violating a social and emotional part of our kids, who are dealing with it even now.
- The relocation of the school questions the safety of our kids by high-risk traffic, being in portables.
- The relocation of the school questions the safety of our community by getting rid of the source of emergency contact, shelter in disaster, destroying the only community center in the Los Gatos Mountains.
- The relocation of the school violates the right of all the Mountain community by stepping on what they promised for our taxes that we paid—rebuilding Lexington School.
- As an owner of property for the last 20 years in our current address, I demand a clear answer from the district and the Board about what they are done with my money. I want a clear and visible answer.
- The relocation of the school violates our right by not having a clear answer for our IB program that we worked on so hard, and if our kids and future generation will get this fantastic program.
- The relocation of the school questions the education system in this district by sending a message to our kids that they don’t have a right to stay in their neighborhood school.
- The relocation of Lexington doesn't mean anything other than closing that school and breaking up our community.
- The relocation of the school breaks the community, meaning of our area, and will bring down the value of the houses, which brings down the tax, which means less money for district. This decision impacts so many aspects in the life of people in the Mountain area.
I deeply believe there is someone out there who can help our kids, the kids that have a love for their community, and the first-graders who cried together when they heard they are moving next year and asked so many questions.
What is going to happen to my friends, what about our teachers, what about the trees, the nest of the bird on that big tree, what are they going to name us? What is going to happen to my desk and chair? When are we going to come back? What do they want to do with our school, with our building? What do they want to do with our soccer field? Does our new place have a soccer field? Does our neighborhood postman bring the mail to our new school? Can we still play in new school after school is done?
I demand answers to their questions and teach them that they have rights and they are going to get their rights, like all other kids in the Los Gatos Union School District who got a new school.
Thanks for your help.
—By Hoda Mazandarani, mother of three kids