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LASD trustees reopen negotiations with Los Altos Teachers Association

The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees last week directed staff to reopen negotiations with the Los Altos Teachers Association, a move intended to shore up the district’s financial picture.

According to the district’s current contract with the association, the district promised teachers a 3 percent raise for the 2015-2016 school year, the final increase in a bargaining agreement that would have resulted in a cumulative 10 percent increase over three years.

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Mountain View High launches Bring Your Own Device program


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Mountain View High School staff distribute Chromebooks to students last week. The school is rolling out the Bring Your Own Device program this year, which gives students and teachers around-the-clock access to laptops.

Mountain View High School aims to level the playing field when it comes to technology accessibility this year by ensuring that every student has a laptop to use in the classroom.

The school rolled out the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program last week, similar to a pilot program launched at Los Altos High last year.

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MVLA welcomes new superintendent


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Jeff Harding, new Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District superintendent, meets students from the district’s Adult School earlier in the summer.

The incoming freshmen won’t be the only new faces on campus this week – new Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Superintendent Jeff Harding, Ed.D., is set to join them.

Harding, who officially started in July, replaces Barry Groves, who retired at the end of the last school year.

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School facilities provide summer revenue stream


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Camp Galileo, which ran at Covington School this summer, is one of 20 private programs that provide revenue to the district during the summer.

Privately run summer camps on school campuses offer academic and social enrichment for students – and a steady revenue stream for the school districts that own the facilities.

“This makes the facilities an asset to the community,” said Randy Kenyon, assistant superintendent for business services for the Los Altos School District. “The summer camps are a community benefit and it also brings us revenue. It’s good for the kids and it’s a win-win.”

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MVLA struggles to maintain athletic fields during water restrictions


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Water restrictions have left portions of the athletic fields at Mountain View High in poor condition. Athletes can still practice on the fields, but there is no telling what condition they will be in later in the year, according to district officials.

Keeping athletic fields in playable and safe condition at Mountain View High School while meeting the city’s water restrictions is proving difficult for district administrators.

Due to the drought, the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District is restricted to watering the fields only two days per week, 15 minutes per zone. As a result, the fields at Mountain View High are suffering, according to Mike Mathiesen, associate superintendent of business services and technology.

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MVLA Board Briefs

The Mountain View Los Altos High Union School District Board of Trustees received updates at their Aug. 3 meeting.

Construction

Summer construction on the Los Altos and Mountain View high school campuses is largely on track to wrap up before school begins, though some projects may extend into the school year.

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Foothill names interim president


Foothill College appointed Kimberlee Messina, Ed.D., to serve as interim president through March 31.

Messina replaces outgoing President Judy C. Miner, Ed.D., who was hired last month as chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District. Miner begins her role as chancellor this week.

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