Sat08302014

Schools

Glad to see the school district back

We're relieved and grateful the Los Altos School District is back on the task force assigned to come up with options for the old St. William School site on Rosita Avenue.

In a surprise move just a few weeks earlier, Los Altos School District officials announced they were pulling out of the discussions.

The City of Los Altos bought the 5.5-acre site with intentions of developing it for recreational uses and formed a task force to come up with specific options. The K-8 school district is seen as a major voice on the task force because its Covington School site borders the Rosita property. But talks of expanding park use into Covington apparently troubled district officials.

"Education is our mission," Superintendent Marge Gratiot offered as a reason for the initial pull-out. "The board members and I are concerned that informal discussions about the 401 Rosita site are not considering that."

But Gratiot resolved the problem trustees were having by deciding to participate on the task force herself. She will replace trustees Jay Thomas and Kristine Salmon as the sole district representative.

As head of the district, yet not part of board, she can better react to input and report back to the board without feeling pressure to vote for or against something, as board members would.

District interests can only be fowarded by participation on the Rosita task force, we feel. The absence of a district voice would have only intensified concerns Gratiot and other district players feel about the current direction of the task force. It's an important voice we're glad to have back.

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