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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.


LASD opens line of credit for construction funds

While Los Altos School District officials have not issued any of the $150 million in bond funds received through Measure N, they recently opened a line of credit to pay off a few enrollment-growth capital projects.

The district entered into a note purchase agreement with Wells Fargo Bank, which has agreed to lend the district up to $50 million. According to Randy Kenyon, assistant superintendent for business services, the district will only draw money as needed to fund capital projects authorized under Measure N, passed by voters two years ago.

Public Lands Subcommittee considers new school sites


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Los Altos Transportation Projects Manager Cedric Novenario explains the traffic flow in and out of Covington School if two schools colocate on the campus.

With the agenda for next week’s City of Los Altos/Los Altos School District Public Lands Subcommittee meeting still undetermined, both the city and the district are focusing on the constraints of the current 10th school site options.

At the Jan. 18 meeting, the subcommittee reviewed three options to house a 10th school site for the school district – colocating at Egan Junior High (19 acres), colocating at Covington School (15.5 acres) and using a portion of the city’s civic center (5.9 acres).

LASD proposal includes 3 percent raise for employees

After re-entering negotiations this year with its employee groups, Los Altos School District officials shared a proposed agreement last week that would include raises and settle contracts through the 2017-2018 school year.

Due to state funding changes, an upcoming expiring parcel tax and a state-mandated increase in contributions to employee retirement funds, district officials voted to reopen employee contracts – which included a 3 percent raise in the current school year.

LASD continues to gather feedback on Measure N spending


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Although voters approved Measure N more than a year ago, Los Altos School District officials are still discussing how to spend the $150 million bond.

LASD eyes November election for parcel-tax renewal

The busy ballot in November may get a little more crowded for local voters.

In addition to electing a new president, voting in national and state legislative races and weighing in on state propositions, local voters may also decide whether to renew the Los Altos School District’s $193 parcel tax.

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.


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