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City, LASD hire two new crossing guards


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Students cross Foothill Expressway with the aid of a new crossing guard, recently added to ensure the safety of those crossing at Magdalena Avenue.

The Los Altos School District and the city of Los Altos added two new crossing guards last week, an effort to ensure students’ safety.

One crossing guard will cover the Foothill Expressway and Magdalena Avenue crossing and the other will be stationed at the Covington Road and Golden Way crossing.

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Parents upset with enrollment-growth options


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Parents and concerned residents turned out in force for the Los Altos School District Facilities Master Plan Committee meeting last week to voice their frustrations over the enrollment-growth scenarios under discussion.

More than 100 concerned parents and community members packed the Los Altos School District Board Room last week as the Facilities Master Plan Committee (FMPC) conducted its 11th meeting on enrollment growth.

The committee, comprising parents, teachers, principals, district officials and representatives from Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View, is reviewing seven possible scenarios for absorbing expanded enrollment in the district.

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LASD continues to prep for bond-fund spending


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When the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District built its newest classrooms, it used the Lease-Leaseback for construction delivery, a method trustees are considering for new projects.

Los Altos School District trustees are doing their homework before beginning to spend $150 million from a bond measure voters approved in November.

At a special meeting Jan. 26, the trustees heard a presentation from construction delivery and bond issuance experts.

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Big week for community colleges: Local leaders react to Obama's free-tuition proposal


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In his State of the Union address last week, President Barack Obama’s proposal to offer students two years of free community college tuition put the spotlight on the advantages of attending a community college like Foothill College in Los Altos Hills.

“What the president has done for community colleges is phenomenal,” said Linda M. Thor, chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District. “The national discussion that is taking place would not be happening if not for him. For some odd reason, community colleges have always been the Rodney Dangerfield of high education. I really think we are seeing that shift with this whole discussion.”

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LASD schedules study session highlighting bond implementation

The Los Altos School District boardroom is the place to be Monday for residents curious about how the district will begin cashing in on its recently passed $150 million bond.

Superintendent Jeff Baier instructed the board of trustees last week to schedule the study session to take an in-depth look at the construction process and available financing options.

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Local education leaders announce retirements this week


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Foothill-De Anza Community College Chancellor Linda Thor, left, and Mountain View Los Altos Union High School Superintendent Barry Groves, right, announced their impending retirements this week.

Los Altos will lose two education titans at the end of this school year. This month, Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Superintendent Barry Groves and Foothill-De Anza Community College District Chancellor Linda M. Thor announced their decisions to retire.

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LASD committee continues bond planning

The Los Altos School District’s Facilities Master Plan Advisory Committee met twice this month to craft a plan for spending bond funds, should Measure N pass in the Nov. 4 election.

After two meetings, the advisory committee compiled a prioritized list of proposed improvements for existing campuses, the district’s second priority for bond spending. The group has just begun discussing how to address projected enrollment growth – the district’s No. 1 priority for bond money. If approved by 55 percent of voters, Measure N could generate $150 million for the district.

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