Thu07242014

Schools

LASD and BCS return to court

The Los Altos School District and Bullis Charter School await a ruling from Santa Clara Superior Court Judge Patricia Lucas after a court appearance last week that addressed the adequacy of the 2012-2013 charter school facilities.

The arguments centered on three complaints Bullis cited regarding the facilities, which Lucas listed as concerns in her tentative ruling.

Charter school lawyer Arturo Gonzalez defended the charter school’s enrollment projections, disputed the availability of furniture and equipment at the start of the school year and whether the district was within its rights when it reneged on its offer of the use of the gym at Egan Junior High School.

In Lucas’ tentative ruling, she wrote the district showed “no abuse of discretion” in its counter projections on enrollment estimates and its last-minute withdrawal of gym access. She also denied the charter school’s request for relief regarding furniture and equipment provisions.

The arguments concluded with Lucas declaring she would issue an order regarding the case to the parties. There is no deadline.

The charter school also argued its case seeking reimbursement of legal fees for the previous case regarding facilities.

The school district filed a discovery request for more specific information about charter school fundraising and money spent on legal fees dating from 2009. Based on the discussion in court, the district’s legal team intends to file a new order for information preceding 2009.

The resolution of the case on legal fees is ongoing.

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