Los Altos school-site talks to resume in January

After a four-month break, the Los Altos City-Schools Public Lands Subcommittee plans to reconvene in January to review site layouts for a potential 10th school in Los Altos.

The subcommittee – comprising two Los Altos councilmembers and two Los Altos School District trustees – has identified three workable sites: Covington School, Egan Junior High School and the northern portion of the Los Altos Civic Center. The Covington and Egan options would involve operating two schools on the same site.


Local districts collaborate on achievement-gap consultation


Three local school districts are scheduled to receive reports this month from contractors that recently audited the districts’ underperforming students.

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District began the process last spring after contracting with Principal’s Exchange to conduct and audit the district’s curriculum, practices and procedures.


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.


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