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Schools

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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LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The Los Altos School District’s newly expanded Facilities Advisory Committee met for the first time last week. The 28-member committee’s first task is to prioritize campus improvement projects.

The Los Altos School District’s newly expanded 28-member Facilities Advisory Committee met for the first time last week to prioritize the $300 million in projects on the district’s Facilities Master Plan.

The district has placed Measure N on the November ballot, which could net $150 million if the measure receives 55 percent voter approval.

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New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Edsel Clark, new Los Altos School District assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, above, facilitates a junior high mathematics curriculum meeting last week.

Edsel Clark, Ed.D., new assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, said he still pinches himself that he is working for the Los Altos School District.

Clark, who officially began his job July 1, said he is happy to be in a district that matches so well with his own philosophy of education.

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One more candidate joins MVLA race

When longtime incumbent Judy Hannemann declined to run again, the deadline to file for the upcoming Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees election was extended by a few days. Mountain View resident Sanjay Dave registered as the seventh candidate on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Sanjay Dave

Occupation: Computer engineering manager.

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