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.


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.


Local efforts pay off for Los Altos High School grad's future

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Jose Amaya meets with his mentor William Mason, who became a father figure to Jose after mentoring him through high school.

The news at the national level has been grim: tension between urban police and the communities they serve; high schools failing to prepare low-income students for college; and college costs escalating so that students have to work full-time or go into heavy debt to pay for a college education.


MVLA Scholars seeks mentors

MVLA Scholars seeks volunteers for its College Prep Mentoring Program, which pairs high school juniors and seniors with local residents who shepherd them through the college application process.

The program specifically targets juniors and seniors in Los Altos and Mountain View high schools’ AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) classes, geared to first-generation and low-income college-bound students.


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.


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.”


Schools Briefs

Los Altos Robotics hosts parent information event

Los Altos Robotics, a nonprofit group that promotes youth robotics activities, has scheduled an information meeting for parents 7:30-9 p.m. Monday in Room 522 at Mountain View High School, 3535 Truman Ave.

Los Altos Robotics competes in the First LEGO League, a worldwide program in which teams of children in grades 4-9 design, build and program a robot to compete against other teams in a game. This year’s game objective is set to be announced Tuesday and competitions will take place in November.


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