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LASD meeting addresses Blach/BCS shared campus

The Los Altos School District has scheduled a meeting to address questions about next year’s campus-sharing plan for Bullis Charter and Blach Intermediate schools 7 p.m. today in the Blach Multipurpose Room, 1120 Covington Road, Los Altos.

The district’s final facilities offer to Bullis Charter School allocates space at Blach for charter school students, a proposal that requires a schedule for sharing space – uncharted territory for the schools.

“There have been long-standing tensions between the groups, and yet we are moving into a time when we will need to have meaningful cooperation,” wrote Doug Smith, Los Altos School District Board of Trustees president, in a letter to Ken Moore and Joe Hurd, chairman and member, respectively, of the Bullis Charter School Board of Directors.

Smith encouraged the charter school’s board, parents and staff to attend the meeting. District staff and Blach Principal Sandra McGonagle supported hosting a meeting that allows district and charter school parents to pose questions about the logistics of the shared-space arrangement.

Smith, McGonagle, district Superintendent Jeff Baier and another district trustee plan to attend the meeting, which they emphasized is not intended as a forum for legal questions.

“We won’t be dealing with questions about methodology or how we constructed the offer,” Smith wrote in the letter. “This is a chance for folks to understand the practical aspects of how we will share the space. The district has held community forums like this in the past, and we have found them to be helpful in answering the community’s questions. Hopefully, by helping people understand the logistics, it will create an atmosphere of cooperation this fall.”

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