- Published on Monday, 23 June 2003 20:54
- Written by Bruce Barton - Town Crier Staff Writer
With last week's announcement that Bullis Charter School supporters could not get a school ready for fall 2003, Los Altos School District board members met Monday to decide on the "disposition" of the now-closed Bullis-Purissima School site.
Classes ended for the final time last Friday after the school board voted to close the school in February due to budget limitations.
Results of Monday's meeting were unavailable due to the Town Crier's Monday press deadline. An advisory committee was scheduled to make its final recommendation on uses for the Los Altos Hills school at Monday's meeting, and board members were set to discuss the 2003-2004 budget.
State law requires the district to first consider child development facilities, such as preschools, and special education uses offered by the county's Office of Education, before considering any non-school uses. Superintendent Marge Gratiot said the district has received three requests from preschools interested in the Fremont Road site.
Permitted non-school uses include a community center and even a horse stable, Gratiot said.
Several residents from Los Altos, some in the Rosita Drive neighborhood fighting the construction of a pool complex, have suggested moving the pools to the Bullis site.
"I have received five or six letters proposing that," Gratiot said, "but our intention is not doing anything that would preclude the reopening (of Bullis) as a public school. Bullis would stay as a safety net."
Los Altos Hills Councilman Breene Kerr, who has supported the Bullis Charter School effort, said, "The Bullis site should be used for public education if at all possible."
However, he added, "It would be kind of interesting if they did have a public school on site and also have a swimming pool out back and maybe the kids could get some use out of it too - there is certainly room for both activities."