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Egan wins MathCounts competition, advances to statewide contest


Courtesy of Bin Hu
Egan Junior High School students celebrate their first-place win in the MathCounts Peninsula Chapter competition Feb. 28. Team members include, from left, Shawn Huang, Daniel Hu, Tristan Cooper and Henry Ying.

For the first time in school history, Egan Junior High School’s math team placed first in the MathCounts Peninsula Chapter finals Feb. 28.

Egan outpaced private and public schools on their way to victory. Blach Intermediate School’s team placed eighth.

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MVLA board approves ninth-grade student-athlete PE exemption


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Starting next year, MVLA ninth-graders who are also enrolled in six academic classes will be exempt from attending a PE class while participating in a school-sponsored sports team.

Responding to repeated pleas from district parents, the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees last week approved a physical-education exemption for ninth-grade students who play on school sports teams.

The Feb. 9 board meeting was the fourth in a series in which trustees discussed and solicited public comment on the district’s policy of requiring all freshmen to take PE.

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MVLA seeks community input on superintendent selection

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees seeks community input as it searches for a new superintendent to replace Barry Groves, who plans to retire at the end of the school year.

Trustees are soliciting feedback on the characteristics desired in a new superintendent as they identify, recruit and select candidates. To promote the process, trustees issued a prompt for local residents to consider: “What personal and professional qualities for an incoming superintendent will be a match for the MVLA School District?”

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MVLA revisits prospect of ninth-grade PE exemptions


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees is scheduled to vote on a proposal to exempt ninth-grade student-athletes from taking PE. Students take part in a physical education class at Mountain View High School, above.

At the direction of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees, Superintendent Barry Groves is researching options for a potential freshman physical education exemption.

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MVLA begins superintendent search process


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The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees approved a contract with a superintendent search firm last week, the first step in the process to replace retiring Superintendent Barry Groves.

The district hired Leadership Associates, an executive search firm that has worked with the district in its previous two superintendent searches. The firm comprises a network of retired superintendents who use their connections to identify leaders for school boards.

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MVLA to install electric-vehicle charging stations

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees last week approved the installation of electric-vehicle charging stations at its Los Altos and Mountain View high school campuses.

The district is partnering with Green Charge Networks to install a dual-port charger at each campus at no cost to the district. The charging stations are intended for staff who commute far enough to require recharging their electric vehicles to complete the return trip home. Users will pay a small fee to cover the cost of electricity.

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LASD Briefs

Facilities committee continues discussion

The Los Altos School District Facilities Master Plan Advisory Committee continues to formulate plans for the $150 million Measure N bond, which passed by a narrow margin in the Nov. 4 election.

The committee met last week to discuss options moving forward. Committee member Vaishali Sirkay reported that the meeting began with a short introduction on the process of purchasing a new school site. Sirkay said the facilitator, Tom Hodges, explained that if the district were to purchase a new site with the approval of the California Department of Education (CDE), escrow could take up to one year. If the district were to purchase a new site, then seek CDE approval, escrow should take only approximately six months. Despite the shorter time frame, the latter option carries more risk.

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