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LASD board approves bond measure that spares Rosita and McKenzie parks


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The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees filed a bond measure for the November ballot last week that includes language prohibiting the district from using Rosita and McKenzie parks as a 10th school site.

After several special meetings this summer at which members of Save Los Altos Parks (SLAP) voiced their disapproval of transforming either park into a school site, district trustees acceded to their request to include language that bars bond money from being used to build a school at Rosita or McKenzie.

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Multiyear facilities agreement halts dispute


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Bullis Charter School’s Blach campus site received finishing touches this week. The five-year facilities agreement places the charter school at Blach and Egan for the next five years.

The boards of Bullis Charter School and the Los Altos School District voted unanimously last week to approve a five-year facilities agreement, putting to rest the long-standing dispute over the allocation of public school facilities in Los Altos.

The agreement clearly outlines the charter school’s facilities over the next five years – spaces at Egan Junior High and Blach Intermediate schools – and ends the litigation and time-intensive annual facilities allocation process.

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LASD board still hammering out bond details

With the Friday ballot deadline for the Nov. 4 election looming, the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees last week pored over the details of a bond measure designed to improve school facilities.

Janet Mueller, a legal adviser hired by the district, gave a presentation July 28 about the legal complexities of drafting the bond measure’s ballot language. Items on the bond project list, which must be included with the full ballot text, should be specific enough to allow for “meaningful approval and oversight of the bond expenditures,” she noted.

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<author>Discussions on parks, school sites </author><author>put on hold</author>

Discussions between the city of Los Altos and the Los Altos School District on possible school sites have apparently been shelved – at least for now.

The city canceled a July 31 ad hoc committee meeting – at the behest of the district – as the district aims to meet the Friday deadline to place a $150 million bond measure on the November ballot.

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LASD, BCS announce five-year peace treaty


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A five-year agreement keeps Bullis Charter School facilities split between Egan Junior High and Blach Intermediate, left, schools.

Bullis Charter School and the Los Altos School District forged a five-year peace treaty last week, the first step in resolving their decade-long facilities battle.

Culminating in what was described as a series of eight-hour mediation sessions, subcommittees representing the charter school and district boards hammered out the details of the agreement, which includes dropping all facilities litigation.

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Changes in employer pension funding hit LASD


The financial outlook for the Los Altos School District appeared a little less bright after changes to the state budget required increasing employer contributions to state pension funds.

The expectation was that with rising property-tax collections, the district would be in a healthier financial position than in the past few years.

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City, LASD weigh options for school sites


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Members of the Los Altos City Council and the Los Altos School District met last week to discuss potential school sites, including Rosita Park.

Officials from the city of Los Altos and the Los Altos School District met last week to discuss potential solutions for the district’s burgeoning enrollment and a permanent site for Bullis Charter School. They also pledged to keep talking.

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