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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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New teachers top 40 in high school district


Courtesy of Barry Groves
Forty-one new teachers and three administrators joined Los Altos and Mountain View high schools.

A huge cohort of new teachers just joined the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District.

The 41 newcomers represent the largest incoming staff class in the past decade. MVLA schools include 230 teachers overall, meaning nearly 18 percent of the staff are new this year.

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New names join crowded ballot in high school board race

In its first contested election since 2008, the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees will see six candidates running for three open seats in the Nov. 4 election, including two of the three eligible incumbents. Incumbent Judy Hannemann declined to run again after serving 33 years on the board.

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MVLA AP scores improve 15 percent

The College Board recently reported that students in the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School district continue to exceed state and national standards in all Advanced Placement test areas.

In the 3,600-student district, 1,370 students took at least one AP test during the May test administration period. MVLA students took 2,602 exams, with 84 percent receiving a score of three or better, qualifying them for college credit. The 2014 results reflect an increase of 338 exams, or a 15 percent improvement over the 2013 results.

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