According to Los Altos School District officials, representatives from Bullis Charter School filed papers today (June 8) with the Santa Clara County Superior Court challenging the district's 2012-2013 facilities offer, which splits Bullis' program between two campuses.
This new action ends any hope any of a long-term facilties agreement between the district and Bullis. Officials from the district and the charter school have been meeting for several months to hash out a long-term agreement, with the district setting today as the deadline to do so.
Mediation sessions to draft a tentative agreement resulted in the district offering Bullis one of four current sites – Almond, Covington, Gardner Bullis and Santa Rita schools – or a fifth to-be-determined campus. Bullis officials, initially open to the deal, ultimately chose to allow the court to resolve the situation.
"With 10 programs in our district but only nine school sites, sharing is necessary," LASD Superintendent Jeff Baier said in a press release.
The district board of trustees approved an interim agreement June 4 that allows for further long-term planning. Baier said Bullis officials declined to respond to that offer, which would allow the charter school to run its full K-8 program at its current Egan Junior HIgh School home.
"Now we are at the point where reasonably equivalent space for Egan's students is being compromised, and we do not feel compelled or required to close one of our other schools to accommodate Bullis Charter School," said Board President Mark Goines. "Without any other compromise, we will defend our position in court in order to insure that all of our students receive facilities that allow them to get the best education possible."
For more on this story, including Bullis Charter School response, check back here and pick up the June 13 issue of the Town Crier.