LASD teachers "draw line in sand" as trustees reopen contract negotiations

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Members of Los Altos Teachers Association attend the Sept. 28 Los Altos School District meeting, at which trustees voted to reopen contract negotiations.

Teachers attended last week’s Los Altos School District Board of Trustees meeting en masse to show their displeasure with the district’s plan to reopen contract negotiations.

More than 50 members of the Los Altos Teachers’ Association attended the Sept. 28 meeting.


LASD begins looking into parcel-tax renewal

The Los Altos School District might be asking voters for more money soon. District trustees got the ball rolling in that direction last week by hiring consultants to work with them on a parcel-tax plan.

Measure E – the district’s $193 parcel-tax addition – expires in June 2017. The measure, passed in 2011, was designed to help the district endure the economic slump at the time.


LASD takes small steps toward facilities solutions

While the Los Altos School District conducts little business over the summer months, officials have made small strides in identifying a site for an additional campus.

At Friday’s board meeting, district trustees approved a contract with DTZ, a commercial real estate company tasked with helping secure a site. District officials seek to establish a 10th school campus to accommodate enrollment growth.


Foothill College president named FHDA chancellor

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District last week named Foothill College President Judy C. Miner its new chancellor. Miner succeeds Linda M. Thor, who is set to retire Tuesday.


Shared-lands committee mulls use of civic center

Courtesy of City of Los Altos
The Los Altos City-Schools Public Lands Ad Hoc Committee will discuss the possibility of sharing the city’s 18-acre civic center property, excluding Hillview Park and Community Center, lower right.

There’s a possibility that Los Altos’ next public school will share land with the city’s civic center.

The Los Altos City Council June 9 officially permitted the Los Altos City-Schools Public Lands Ad Hoc Committee to discuss leasing part of the civic center site to the Los Altos School District.


LASD may backtrack on teacher raises, seek parcel-tax renewal

Before the Los Altos School District adopts its budget at Monday’s board meeting, trustees must agree on strategies to prevent depleting reserves below the 3 percent state-mandated minimum.

Budget projections show that district reserve funds will be drained by the 2017-2018 school year because of the parcel-tax expiration, enrollment growth, increases in district contributions to the State Teachers’ Retirement System and 10 percent annual growth in health insurance costs.


Foothill College president among four finalists for FHDA chancellor

The Foothill De Anza Community College District Board of Trustees announced four finalists for the position of chancellor to succeed Linda Thor, who retires June 30.

The four finalists, revealed Friday, are Deborah Budd, president of Berkeley City College; Patricia Hsieh, president of San Diego Miramar College; Jowel C. Laguerre, superintendent-president of Solano Community College District; and Judy C. Miner, president of Foothill College.


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