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LASD trustees discuss input process for bond spending

As the deadline for the acquisition of a 10th school site looms, the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees last week discussed gathering community input on the process.

The details of acquiring a new school site are addressed in closed session, but trustees continue to speak hypothetically about purchasing a site in their open sessions. Earlier this year trustees agreed that if a 10th site isn’t identified by mid-June, they would alternately pursue using existing district property to accommodate enrollment growth.

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FHDA chancellor recommends new Foothill president


Foothill De-Anza Community College District Chancellor Judy Miner recommended Thuy Thi Nguyen as the next president of Foothill College. Pending board approval Monday, Nguyen would begin work July 1.

“Based on her record of innovation in promoting student access and diversity, I believe that Thuy will lead Foothill College in advancing a culture of student equity and in closing the achievement gap,” Miner said. “I am confident she will offer the kind of leadership and inspiration that will help the college achieve its most ambitious goals and further enhance the state and national leadership role for which our district is known.”

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LASD trustees ask staff to slow down


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In closed session last week, the Los Altos School District opened discussions on a possible 10th school site at 5150 El Camino Real. The under-4-acre site currently houses a business complex, above.

When Los Altos School District staff last week proposed a May timeline for presenting and recommending options for using existing district land for enrollment growth, feedback from trustees was loud and clear: Slow down.

Trustees were concerned that the end-of-the-school-year timing was off and that insufficient parent participation in the proposed solutions could generate discontent.

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LASD sets deadline for 10th school site search

If Los Altos School District officials can’t identify a 10th school site by June, it’s back to the drawing board for solutions to enrollment growth.

During their March 14 board meeting, trustees directed staff on their vision of moving forward with Measure N bond funding. Trustees agreed that if the district hasn’t found a 10th site by June, they would explore how to use their own land to absorb future enrollment growth.

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Foothill narrows search for new president to three candidates

Three candidates for the presidency at Foothill College are scheduled to visit the campus next month after the President Search Committee revealed its three finalists last week.

The finalists are Kimberlee Messina, interim president of Foothill College; Thuy Thi Nguyen, interim general counsel for the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office; and Bryan Reece, vice president of instruction at Crafton Hills College in Yucaipa.

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Public Lands Subcommittee reviews three sites in-depth

Members of the Los Altos/Los Altos School District Public Lands Subcommittee are heading back to the drawing board after loosening constraints on the three possible contenders for a 10th school site.

After mediator Shawn Spano pointed out at last week’s meeting that conversations among the committee members – Los Altos Mayor Jeannie Bruins and Councilwoman Jan Pepper and Los Altos School District trustees Tammy Logan and Vladimir Ivanovic – reached a standstill, the officials discussed how to proceed.

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LASD rethinks Measure N priorities


To avoid raising expectations, Los Altos School District officials are seeking additional direction from the board of trustees before discussing site-specific facility desires for Measure N bond spending.

At the Feb. 8 board of trustees meeting, Randy Kenyon, assistant superintendent for business services, showed several cost estimates for bond spending that address the board’s top priority – enrollment growth.

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