Wed10222014

Reeder, Fung for El Camino HCD: Editorial

The good news for the El Camino Healthcare District (formerly the El Camino Hospital District, for those still getting used to the new name) is that there is a contested election Nov. 4 for the district’s board of directors. Three candidates are running for two open seats on the five-member district board.

A competitive election is always a good thing. It generates candidate discussion and draws public attention to issues that could otherwise go unnoticed. The bad news with El Camino is that there is only one clearly qualified candidate – incumbent David Reeder. The other seat will be filled either by challenger Dr. Peter Fung or by former Mountain View Councilwoman Margaret Abe-Koga. Dr. Fung gets our nod here based on his medical knowledge and commitment. He said he would cede his leadership of the hospital’s stroke center to serve on the board.

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No. 1 priority: Relocate the charter school campus: Other Voices

Los Altos voters must keep in mind the legal requirement for the Los Altos School District to provide school facilities for Bullis Charter School, and how this requirement might be met if Measure N doesn’t pass. Consider this sequence of events.

Currently, the district houses 10 schools on nine campuses. Although the charter school will have 900 students in 2016, it does not have a campus. Its facilities are divided and housed on the edges of the Blach and Egan middle school campuses. If Measure N passes, the first priority for the funds is enrollment growth management, and clearly the Bullis Charter School/Blach/Egan situation is the severest example of crowding in the district. The charter school needs its own campus, and the district needs to recover its space at Blach and Egan.

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Logan, McClatchie, Peruri for LASD board: Editorial

This is a crucial time for the Los Altos School District. Its leadership faces the challenge of balancing enrollment growth versus maintaining the small, neighborhood schools that make it a very popular district to attend. The district must also adapt to the new Common Core curriculum, changing technologies and project-based learning. Then there are the tasks of prioritizing projects under Measure N funding should the $150 million bond measure pass, and solving the Bullis Charter School facilities puzzle.

The road ahead is daunting, yet the challenges present opportunities for the district to further improve its performance. With three seats open on the five-member board of trustees, voters face critical decisions when selecting a new board majority in the Nov. 4 election.

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Facts, not faith, behind support for Measure N : Other Voices

When there are facts, there is no need to rely on blind faith to support Measure N – and this is a ballot measure bolstered by facts.

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Measure N: Town Crier has no recommendation: Editorial

We love our Los Altos School District schools. They’re a vital part of our thriving community – not because their excellence generates optimal property values, but because they give our children a great public education. We salute Superintendent Jeff Baier and the district’s board of trustees on continuing the district’s success despite years of contentious Bullis Charter School negotiations.

So it pains us to say that we can’t quite give an enthusiastic “Yes!” to Measure N. We know that the district needs facilities improvements, just as we know that enrollment growth is real. But as currently proposed, the initiative promises everything and guarantees nothing. It’s the equivalent of handing over a $150 million blank check with faith that the district will figure it out.

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Letters to the Editor

Editor’s note: Needless to say, the neutral position the Town Crier took last week on Measure N elicited some passionate responses. A sampling follows.

Rethinking Measure N

The Town Crier’s nonendorsement of Measure N should be rethought. The decision quotes the views of a few loud extremists.

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Vote 'no' on Measure N: Other Voices

It’s best to vote “no” on the Measure N school bond in November. Strangely, there is a real danger that the Los Altos School District is underestimating its own growth needs. The district’s plans show a strong bias toward improvements on existing schools that do not provide adequately for the projected growth. An extra year or two will provide clarity on several important issues that are as yet indeterminate. These include:

• The state has plans outstanding to require every school district to offer not just one but two years of kindergarten to every student.

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