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LASD reacts to city letter

The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees discussed a letter from the city of Los Altos last week, hoping they could engage with city officials and broaden the conversation about a new school site.

The Los Altos City Council sent the letter April 23, inviting joint discussion on two potential publicly owned school site options – Rosita and McKenzie parks.

Trustees emphasized that they wanted to understand the city’s methodology in determining the public properties’ suitability as school sites.

“I agree that we need to understand their thinking and concerns,” said Trustee Mark Goines. “A site (at Rosita), for example – that goes back to a couple thousand kids on this grand property. That fits numerically, but I’m not sure how it fits into the community here. I’d like them to think about the community impacts and what they think about that.”

Goines suggested that the conversation should expand to include information on the breadth of the school district’s challenges and needs regarding a school site. He also recommended that the district develop a proposal, possibly including schematics, for how it could use the city’s suggested sites.

Trustees agreed that a two-person committee could work with a subset of the city council in discussions over a school site and selected Trustees Doug Smith and Pablo Luther to represent the district.

“I want to get the dialogue going,” Goines said. “We’ve been asking for a conversation about this for two years. This is a great step forward.”

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