- Published on Tuesday, 23 September 2003 20:54
- Written by Send letters to editor Bruce Barton at the Town Crier, 138 Main St., Los Altos 94022, or e-mail:
Spend as little as possible on charter
The Los Altos School District board went through a thorough process last year of inviting the Citizens Advisory Committee for Finance to come up with a six-year fiscal plan which resulted in the recommendation of only running six schools. Then the LASD Board went through another long series of meetings to listen to everyone's views on criteria to use to determine which school to close.
I went to all of those meetings and even tried my hand at trying to create scenarios where each school was closed and the others remained open. It was clear to me from my own exercise that Bullis was the school to close because most of the kids live in the northern parts of the district.
Not being satisfied with the LASD Board decision, the Bullis Charter School folks decided to go against the decision of their elected officials and took advantage of a legal loophole in the law to force the district to open a seventh school.
Running a good school district DOES come down to money. The schools need staff such as teachers, principals, secretaries, custodians, music teachers etc. And it costs to heat and light the buildings.
If there are to be seven schools, then some programs will have to be cut, OR the district will have to close a different school instead to get back down to six.
Since I don't like seeing a small minority of people dictate to the majority of people how many schools should operate, I would like the district to spend as little money on the Charter school as possible.
should recall history
In response to your article regarding the expulsion of the Renegades from Foothill College (Town Crier, Sept. 10), I would like to say how typical of the condescending attitude of those who feign support and appreciation of the performing arts when in fact they are nothing more than narrow minded art snobs. Their appreciation and support of the arts are relegated to the more "traditional" genre of classical music. But even this genre had its "renegades."
Igor Stawinsky's "Rite of Spring" caused rioting in the streets of Paris when it was first performed in 1913 because people did not understand the unrelenting driving power of the music. Benny Goodman, who was classically trained, was accused of an assault "of cacophonous sounds" in his time with his "swing" music.
The San Francisco Renegades, a drum and bugle corps, has taken the "traditional" genre of marching and musical performance, folded it and expanded it to a much higher level by incorporating unconventional methods of marching, modern dance and music that runs the spectrum.
Nothing dictates that the art of music be created in a studio or dance be performed on a stage. The stadium is our studio, the football field our stage.
I suggest that in the future when Mr. Seyfert writes an article that he do a little research on his subject and that he be a little more objective by obtaining both sides of the story before submitting the article for print and that his editor insure that he is doing so.
Drum Corps article
I am a member of the Renegades Drum and Bugle Corps, the organization mentioning in the recent article "Band gets boot."
I found the article flippant and insulting. We work very hard at what we do and are well respected within our art community. To be described as a public nuisance is unjustified and uninformed.
It is disheartening that national caliber music group involved in a wholesome activity can not find support in Los Altos. I am also disappointed that your paper treated our organization with such disrespect.
If you were to ask any of the neighbors of Foothill College if they support the performing arts they would undoubtedly say that they do. I find it horribly ironic and sad then that these same neighbors would go out of their way to evict the San Francisco Renegades from their rehearsal facilities.
I am also disappointed at the ignorance of the Los Altos Town Crier for not even researching the Drum Corps activity before printing it's article.
This is not a high school marching band. Drum Corps is a precision based musical performance unlike any other art form in the world.
The music performed by the Renegades ranges from classical to Jazz and requires a physically demanding and sometimes dangerous maneuvers to attain the high visual and musical impact they are known for.
For all the research the Town Crier did, they might as well have called Cirque du Soleil a "high school gymnastics troop."
The San Francisco Renegades travel once a year to the Drum Corps Associates World Championships where they are the sole representation of this art form from the west coast.
Their promotion of the Drum Corps activity had led to the revival of several Drum Corps organizations throughout the state.
It saddens me that the "not in my backyard" attitude towards the arts persists in California. Rather than educating themselves on the nature of the Drum Corps activity, the neighbors of Foothill College simply took the easy way out and made enough noise of their own just so they could have a couple weekends without anything different affecting their lives.
What the neighbors of Foothill College have done is shameful at best and ignorant at worst.
Had they actually taken the time to learn more about what it was they were protesting, they might have actually opened their minds to something they never new existed. Instead they closed their eyes to something different that they refused to learn anything more about. They will never know what they were missing.
'Taste of Village'
Congratulations to the restaurants and stores which participated in the first-ever "Taste of Los Altos" event! It was a delightful evening of delicious tastings, fine wines, and running into lots of friends.
I couldn't make it to all the participants but A.G. Ferrari, Satkar, and I Fratelli deserve special praise for their generous tastings.
And Matlby's outdid themselves, seating patrons and serving a wonderful warm spinach and chicken salad.
The price was a bargain - let's do it again next year!