LASD halts committee bond work, seeks more information

The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees suspended Facilities Master Plan Committee (FMPC) meetings last week after requesting more information from district staff before providing further direction to the committee.

The 26-member FMPC has met twice a month since September to evaluate options for addressing enrollment growth in the district. Since passage of the $150 million Measure N bond in November, the committee has reviewed scenarios for spending the funds.


Common Core: New student assessment sets baseline for achievement

While Los Altos School District students prepare to take new state standardized tests this spring following implementation of the Common Core curriculum, district administrators are bracing the community for major changes on the horizon.

Third- through eighth-graders are scheduled to take the Smarter Balanced assessments in English/Language Arts and Mathematics at some point during the district’s testing period, April 20 through May 8. The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) developed the tests to measure the effectiveness of the new Common Core State Standards.


Tears, angry shouts accompany school district meeting

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Mountain View High School student Chloe Howard, right, hugs her mom after hearing the school district's decision not to re-elect teacher Rob Seitelman.

Tears, angry shouts and threats of lawsuits followed on the heels of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees decision Monday evening to deny tenure to beloved drama teacher Rob Seitelman.


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.


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.


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.


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


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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