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LASD discusses four possible scenarios for school closure

During a public comment session Jan. 27, the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees discussed four scenarios for the 2003-04 school year. The board has set Feb. 10 as the potential date for making a decision.

No decision was made or action taken regarding this issue during the public comment session or earlier board meeting.

All of the sample scenarios meet the school size criteria set by the board and its administrative council -- that no elementary school should have fewer than 375 students or more than 530.

The four scenarios follow:

A: Closing Bullis-Purissima School

There would be 2,270 students within a mile of their school. Of those students, 491 would cross major streets and 1,779 could walk or bike easily to school. Among a total of 2,911 students, 2,588 would remain with their original student body and 623 would change sites. The cost of portables throughout the district to house all of the students would be $434,000, at $7,000 per portable per year. There would be no additional teachers needed.

B: Closing Covington School

¡Santa Rita School: Attendance boundaries would shift to include The Crossings in Mountain View, with a projection of 510 students.

¡Almond School: Some students would go to Springer and Bullis, giving Almond a projection of 496 students.

¡Springer School: Some students would go to Bullis; and with students from Almond, Springer would have a projection of 541 students.

¡Loyola School: Some students would go to Bullis, giving Loyola a projection of 474 students.

¡Bullis-Purissima School: With additional students from Almond, Springer and Loyola, Bullis would have a projection of 456 students.

¡Oak Avenue School: Attendance boundaries would stay the same, with a projection of 434 students.

Under this scenario, there would be 2,147 students within a mile of their school. Of those students, 468 would cross major streets and 1,679 could walk or bike easily to school. Among a total of 2,911 students, 2,590 would remain with their original student body and 251 would change sites. The cost of portables throughout the district to house all of the students would be $602,000, at $7,000 per portable per year. There would be two additional teachers needed, at a cost of $150,000.

Scenario C: Closing Loyola School

¡ Santa Rita School: Attendance boundaries would shift to include The Crossings in Mountain View, with a projection of 510 students.

¡ Almond School: Some students would go to Springer; and with students from Springer, Almond would have a projection of 522 students.

¡ Springer School: Some students would go to Almond, Bullis and Covington; and with students from Almond, Springer would have a projection of 513.

¡ Loyola School: Students would go to Bullis and Covington.

¡ Bullis-Purissima School: With students from Springer and Loyola, Bullis would have a projection of 422 students.

¡ Covington School: With students from Springer and Loyola, Covington would have a projection of 510 students.

¡ Oak Avenue School: Attendance boundaries would stay the same, with a projection of 434 students.

Under this scenario, there would be 2,012 students within a mile of their school. Of those students, 422 would cross major streets and 1,590 could walk or bike easily to school. Among a total of 2,911 students, 2,444 would remain with their original student body and 863 would change sites. The cost of portables throughout the district to house all of the students would be $490,000, at $7,000 per portable per year. Two additional teachers would be needed, at a cost of $150,000.

Scenario D: Closing Springer School

¡ Santa Rita School: Attendance boundaries would shift to include The Crossings in Mountain View, with a projection of 510 students.

¡ Almond School: Some students would go to Covington, giving Almond a projection of 536 students.

¡ Springer School: Students would go to Loyola and Covington.

¡ Loyola School: Some students would go to Bullis; and with students from Springer, Loyola would have a projection of 439 students.

¡ Bullis-Purissima School: With students from Loyola, Bullis would have a projection of 454 students.

¡ Covington School: With students from Almond and Springer, Covington would have a projection of 538 students.

¡ Oak Avenue School: Attendance boundaries would stay the same, with a projection of 434 students.

Under this scenario, there would be 2,172 students within a mile of their school. Of those students, 528 would cross major streets and 1,644 could walk or bike easily to school. Among a total of 2,911 students, 2,020 would remain with their original student body and 891 would change sites. The cost of portables throughout the district to house all of the students would be $483,000, at $7,000 per portable per year. One additional teacher would be needed, at a cost of $75,000.

The board listened to comments from 76 concerned parents and community members. The board will finalize the criteria for school closure at a special meeting, 7 p.m., Feb. 3., at the Covington School Multiuse Room, 205 Covington Road, Los Altos.

For more information, call 947-1156.

  • Almond School: Some students would go to Springer and Covington, giving Almond a projection of 496 students.
  • Springer School: Some students would go to Covington, giving Springer a projection of 440 students.
  • Loyola School: Attendance boundaries would stay the same, with a projection of 519 students.
  • Bullis-Purissima School: All students would attend Covington.
  • Covington School: With students from Almond, Springer and Bullis, Covington would have a projection of 512 students.
  • Oak Avenue School: Attendance boundaries would stay the same, with a projection of 434 students.

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