The Santa Clara County Superior Court issued a Writ of Mandate Thursday (May 31) to the Los Altos School District concerning the 2009-2010 case over facilities provided to Bullis Charter School. The document was a formalization of the court's earlier rulings from March. The mandate includes eight action items the district is required to "immediately" meet.
The Writ of Mandate can be read in its entirety here.
"The Court has provided Los Altos School District additional clarity as to their Prop 39 obligations," said Ken Moore, Bullis Charter School board chairman. "You can be assured that the BCS Board is working tirelessly to ensure students have appropriate facilities for next year and beyond."
There is no word yet on how this affects the proposed agreement officials from Bullis Charter School and the Los Altos School District recently made on a long-term facilities deal. Officials on both sides said they will make a decision regarding the agreement at their respective board meetings June 4.
"The district continues to negotiate with BCS regarding a voluntary mutually beneficial agreement that is independent of Proposition 39 obligations with hopes we can, at long last, reach some peace in our community," said Mark Goines, district board president.
If the parties choose not to accept the terms of the agreement, the original facilities offer would take effect, splitting Bullis Charter School between LASD's Egan Junior High School and Blach Intermediate School campuses.
Goines said the district has been working to offer the charter school several facilities offers other than the original facilties offer, but the options have been rejected.
"Every alternative we have presented has been met with yet more requirements that are difficult for the Los Altos School District to accept in that they compromise our program significantly and restrict community access to the facilities," Goines said.
Check back here for updates and pick up the June 6 edition of the Town Crier to read more about this latest action.