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LASD, BCS announce five-year peace treaty


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A five-year agreement keeps Bullis Charter School facilities split between Egan Junior High and Blach Intermediate, left, schools.

Bullis Charter School and the Los Altos School District forged a five-year peace treaty last week, the first step in resolving their decade-long facilities battle.

Culminating in what was described as a series of eight-hour mediation sessions, subcommittees representing the charter school and district boards hammered out the details of the agreement, which includes dropping all facilities litigation.

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Changes in employer pension funding hit LASD


The financial outlook for the Los Altos School District appeared a little less bright after changes to the state budget required increasing employer contributions to state pension funds.

The expectation was that with rising property-tax collections, the district would be in a healthier financial position than in the past few years.

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City, LASD weigh options for school sites


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Members of the Los Altos City Council and the Los Altos School District met last week to discuss potential school sites, including Rosita Park.

Officials from the city of Los Altos and the Los Altos School District met last week to discuss potential solutions for the district’s burgeoning enrollment and a permanent site for Bullis Charter School. They also pledged to keep talking.

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Schools leaders react to landmark teacher tenure ruling


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Last week’s decision from a state judge dismissing teacher tenure statutes drew mixed reaction from local schools officials.

“I believe that this case will likely be appealed, so we won’t know the eventual outcome for many years,” said Barry Groves, superintendent of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District. “For that reason, I do not expect any immediate impact from the decision. Many of the issues in the case are not ones that we deal with.”

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Giddy grads: Class of 2014 prepares to enter next phase of life


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Mountain View High students celebrate the milestone at the conclusion of their commencement ceremony Friday, right.

There were speeches with Harry Potter comparisons and references to Chutes and Ladders. There were plenty of selfies and the usual metaphors about journeys, lessons learned and the road ahead. But it was all good for the Class of 2014 as they said goodbye to one phase of their lives and prepared to take on the future. Following are summaries of commencement ceremonies held last week in Los Altos and Mountain View.

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Families, friends and loved ones packed Tom Burt Field at Los Altos High School Friday to celebrate the Class of 2014.

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