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Charter school to Covington?


Photo By: Courtesy of Los Altos School District
Photo Courtesy Of Los Altos School District

The areas boxed in red show the facilities at Covington School that the Los Altos School District may share with Bullis Charter School.

Los Altos School District officials are working this week to finalize their 2012-2013 facilities offer for Bullis Charter School.

The Board of Trustees was scheduled Monday, past press deadline, to explore the possibility of sharing the Covington School campus with Bullis Charter School elementary students, while leaving the charter school’s seventh- and eighth-graders on the Egan Junior High School site.

The district and the charter school have been at odds for years, with ongoing litigation culminating earlier this year when the California Supreme Court denied the district’s request to review an appellate-court ruling that the district had failed to meet its obligation to provide adequate facilities for Bullis Charter School.

In February, the two parties began the facilities allocation process for the 2012-2013 school year, with the district offering the charter school space at its current location on the Egan campus for elementary students and proposing to move junior-high students to the Blach Intermediate School campus. The district is re-evaluating its original offer based on charter school objections.

To absorb additional students at Covington, the district is researching whether the installation of portable buildings will provide sufficient space for Covington and Bullis Charter School students and staff.

The district board planned to discuss the Covington option at a public meeting scheduled Monday, after the Town Crier’s press deadline.

“It’s important to note that this is just one of many possible configurations the board is considering and will be discussing in open session at Monday evening’s meeting,” said Mark Goines, president of the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees. “We are committed to providing appropriate facilities to all students of the Los Altos School District and are working diligently to ensure we consider and balance the interests of all residents while meeting the requirements of the law. We look forward to an open board and community discussion on the choices ahead.”

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