Working Together for our Youth
Mountain View prioritizes meeting the needs of our youth and preparing them to be the leaders of tomorrow. That’s why we partner with our school districts and allocate an annual amount of over $15M, plus additional one-time funding, to ensure lifelong success for our children.
$9.3M+ from the Shoreline Special Park District
The Shoreline Regional Park Community (a Special Park Tax District), established in 1969, funds regional park creation, habitat conservation, improved walking and biking paths, protection from sea level rise, and more. Each year, Shoreline grants a substantial portion of its tax revenues to our school districts. This year, Mountain View Whisman School District (MVWSD) has received nearly $5.7 million, and Mountain View Los Altos High School District (MVLA) has received just over $3.6 million. By year end, these amounts will potentially increase to $6.5 million and $4.2 million respectively.
$3.06M for Teacher Housing
The City required the approved development at 777 West Middlefield Road to lease land for a minimum of 99 years to MVWSD for the construction of 144 teacher housing units, of which twenty will be available for City staff. The City contributed $3.06M in funding towards construction costs. These units assist in attracting and retaining highly qualified teachers in our community.
$1.55M for School Safety
The City provides School Resource Officers from the Mountain View Police Department to work with students, families, teachers, and administrators at MVLA and MVWSD. Officers promote a safe and secure school environment, help prevent referrals to the juvenile justice system, and foster trust and a positive relationship between students and our police department.
$1.5M to Maintain School Fields
The City and MVWSD have collaborated for over 60 years on the joint use of school open space for students, youth and adult sports groups, and the community at large. School parks and fields are available to the public when school is not in session. City recreation and park maintenance staff manage complex schedules and tend to the fields for the enjoyment of youth and the broader community.
$715,000-$1M in City-Owned Land for Alta Vista High School
In 2005, the City entered into an agreement with MVLA, providing them 2.22 acres of City-owned land for 40 years for $1 per year. This land is used for Alta Vista High School. If rented at market value, the annual lease rate would be between $715,000 and $1,000,000.
$685,900 for School Crossing Guards and Safe Routes to School
The City provides approximately $295,000 in staff time and consulting services to support the Safe Routes to School Program, improving student safety, promoting physical activity, and reducing traffic congestion. The Program provides bicycle and pedestrian safety training classes and assemblies, bike rodeos, and helpful information like route maps. The City also provides crossing guards in 21 key locations at a cost of $390,900 to assist students in safely biking and walking to school.
$492,000 for Youth Library Services
The Mountain View Public Library serves thousands of students annually, promoting literacy and supplementing their in-school learning. The Student Connect Card grants all enrolled district high school students access to free library digital resources. The library bookmobile makes scheduled visits during the school year to multiple schools.
$485,000 for After School Programs
Since 2007, the City and MVWSD have partnered in the Beyond the Bell after-school program at five school sites. The City supports the program by funding and providing recreation and enrichment activities. The City also funds and provides “The BEAT” after-school program at Graham Middle School.
$340,000 for The View Teen Center
The View Teen Center is a free drop-in center open to all Mountain View and Los Altos sixth- through twelfth-grade students. A game room, makerspace, video game area, kitchen, computer study area, TV lounge, outdoor patio, and lawn area are available for student use. Free tutoring, daily snack, and activities are provided, as well as a variety of weekly classes, such as art and cooking. City staff host special events for students, such as Career Day, Fifth-Grade Open House, Back to School Open House, dances/mixers, college tours, Teen Wellness Retreat, Wellness Workshops, and more.
$135,700 for Mental Health Services
The Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that provides a variety of mental health services in the community. Services include on-site school-based counseling and crisis services for students at MVWSD, MVLAUHSD, and LASD schools. In Fiscal Year 2023-24, the City has budgeted $135,700 in funding for CHAC.
The fare-free Mountain View Community Shuttle connects residential areas in the city to key destinations (Transit Center, medical facilities, Senior and Teen Centers, Civic Center, and retail/grocery stores) with stops at Graham and Crittenden Middle Schools. The Shuttle benefits approximately 110 students daily who rely on the shuttle to get to school and critical programs.