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



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.


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.


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