Other Voices: LASD sponsors online forum to address overcrowding

The Los Altos School District invites the community to share its perspectives through a convenient and confidential online forum called ThoughtExchange, which is a critical next step in our bold collaboration with the city of Mountain View to provide a 10th school site. We want your perspectives because we believe that the district will best serve the needs of all of our students and community with the new school when everyone’s voices are heard.

Your participation will help us resolve school overcrowding for decades to come. Current student enrollment exceeds 5,000 students, including Bullis Charter School – a level last reached in the 1970s when we had 12 school sites rather than the nine we have now. We house 10 schools on nine sites, with Bullis Charter School sharing campuses with Blach Intermediate and Egan Junior High schools.

We must plan for the future. We face an anticipated increase in thousands of homes in our area over the next 10 years.

Since 2012, the district has made progress, involving the community’s voices every step of the way.

• In 2012, the superintendent’s Enrollment Growth Task Force determined that the current and future student enrollment increase required new sites.

• In 2014, district voters approved Measure N, a $150 million bond to help address school overcrowding.

• In 2015, the Facilities Master Plan Committee recommended seeking one new school site.

• In 2017, the 10th Site Committee identified four preferred sites for a school.

• In 2018, the Mountain View City Council agreed to collaborate with the Los Altos School District on a site purchase to reduce the potential land cost by millions and provide a community park.

Now, in this next phase of planning, the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees is seeking your perspective to make a decision regarding the school’s design and student attendance.

The ThoughtExchange is live, and you may participate at any time before June 19. ThoughtExchange is a simple three-step process:

• Stakeholders begin by sharing their thoughts.

• Then they review and rate the thoughts of others.

• Finally, participants discover the top trending thoughts.

Participants may re-enter the ThoughtExchange at any time to add, rate or discover newly contributed thoughts, and the process is confidential. You may have received an emailed invitation. If you didn’t, to self-register, please visit the ThoughtExchange home page at tinyurl.com/lasdthoughtexchange.

For more information on ThoughtExchange, visit thoughtexchange.com.

For more information on the district’s progress in obtaining a new school site, visit lasdschools.org and click the blue “Master Facilities Plan” button.

Vladimir Ivanovic is president of the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees.

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