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New building added to Foothill's Measure C project list


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The Foothill-De Anza Community College District plans to consolidate administrative staff in a single building.

Regular visitors to the Foothill College campus over the past few years are familiar with dust, work crews and sidewalk detours, a bustling construction boom due in large part to Measure C – a $491 million bond local voters passed in 2006 to fund construction, equipment and technology in the Foothill-De Anza Community College District.

In addition to the new Physical Sciences & Engineering Center, improvements have included classroom modernization, photovoltaic system installation and circulation upgrades across the campus. One additional building, a 24,000-square-foot administrative office near parking Lot 7, is scheduled to break ground in December 2015.

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Los Altos City Council disbands school site subcommittee

The Los Altos City Council last week voted unanimously to disband an ad hoc committee aimed at discussing school site options with the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees.

As part of its vote, the council requested “affirmative action” by the trustees and directed their recently appointed Facilities Master Plan committee “to consider all alternatives to address school enrollment growth” aside from parks, according to a city staff report. The report specifically listed 12 Los Altos parks – including Hillview.

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LASD approves advisory committee expansion

Los Altos School District trustees approved a resolution Aug. 25 to expand their Facilities Master Plan Advisory Committee, which provides the district with advice on future facilities projects.

The resolution broadened the membership of the committee and its duties so the committee can help complete the district’s Facilities Master Plan – which outlines facilities projects that may be completed if the district’s $150 million bond measure, Measure N, passes in November.

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Advocacy group supports building LASD school in Mtn. View

The Los Altos School District may have an unexpected ally in its lobbying of the city of Mountain View to secure a school site in the high-growth areas along San Antonio Road and El Camino Real.

The housing advocacy group Campaign for a Balanced Mountain View promotes a higher housing ratio to address the city’s jobs-to-housing imbalance. The additional housing would increase the need for a new school in the area to accommodate the jump in school-age children new housing may bring.

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LASD board approves bond measure that spares Rosita and McKenzie parks


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The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees filed a bond measure for the November ballot last week that includes language prohibiting the district from using Rosita and McKenzie parks as a 10th school site.

After several special meetings this summer at which members of Save Los Altos Parks (SLAP) voiced their disapproval of transforming either park into a school site, district trustees acceded to their request to include language that bars bond money from being used to build a school at Rosita or McKenzie.

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Multiyear facilities agreement halts dispute


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Bullis Charter School’s Blach campus site received finishing touches this week. The five-year facilities agreement places the charter school at Blach and Egan for the next five years.

The boards of Bullis Charter School and the Los Altos School District voted unanimously last week to approve a five-year facilities agreement, putting to rest the long-standing dispute over the allocation of public school facilities in Los Altos.

The agreement clearly outlines the charter school’s facilities over the next five years – spaces at Egan Junior High and Blach Intermediate schools – and ends the litigation and time-intensive annual facilities allocation process.

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LASD board still hammering out bond details

With the Friday ballot deadline for the Nov. 4 election looming, the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees last week pored over the details of a bond measure designed to improve school facilities.

Janet Mueller, a legal adviser hired by the district, gave a presentation July 28 about the legal complexities of drafting the bond measure’s ballot language. Items on the bond project list, which must be included with the full ballot text, should be specific enough to allow for “meaningful approval and oversight of the bond expenditures,” she noted.

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