This is a crucial time for the Los Altos School District. Its leadership faces the challenge of balancing enrollment growth versus maintaining the small, neighborhood schools that make it a very popular district to attend. The district must also adapt to the new Common Core curriculum, changing technologies and project-based learning. Then there are the tasks of prioritizing projects under Measure N funding should the $150 million bond measure pass, and solving the Bullis Charter School facilities puzzle.
The road ahead is daunting, yet the challenges present opportunities for the district to further improve its performance. With three seats open on the five-member board of trustees, voters face critical decisions when selecting a new board majority in the Nov. 4 election.
It was difficult to choose three candidates from among five we all respect and commend for their involvement. But in the end, we’re endorsing incumbent Tammy Logan and challengers Martha McClatchie and Sangeeth Peruri for seats on the board of trustees.
Logan deserves a nod for being a key player in crafting the five-year agreement between the district and Bullis Charter School. The software engineer played a pivotal role, along with the rest of the board, in securing the five-year agreement with the charter school. She appears open-minded about building two-story schools on smaller sites, and her outside-the-box thinking will come in handy when the district gets around to building a new campus.
McClatchie is a Bullis Charter School parent, but we’re convinced she is not single-minded about the charter school at the expense of other schools, and her presence would ensure that the board won’t be unfair to the school. She has shown that she wants to represent all children through her support for a new school site north of El Camino Real, a site that would help with the district’s enrollment growth first. A CPA by trade, her expertise would come in handy at budget time.
Peruri, a retired investment broker, has put his heart and soul – and considerable smarts – into helping out at Covington School, where he has a second-grader. He considers curriculum development the No. 1 priority and favors a growth-based mindset that builds tenacity and persistence and teaches how to deal with failure. He brings energy, commitment, sound ideas and clarity of vision to the table.
John Swan and Vladimir Ivanovic are also excellent candidates who are qualified to serve. We encourage them to stay involved in the district – their input on district committees is needed.