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Other Voices: Find best solution for enrollment growth, not quickest one

Enrollment growth is a long-term issue that warrants a lasting, thorough solution to benefit current and future generations of Los Altos School District (LASD) students. It takes trust and patience, but our students and residents are worthy of a comprehensive resolution that serves our community well for decades to come. Let’s not jump at the quickest or easiest answer, but work together toward the best one.

At the end of the day, this decision is about what is best for our children and our children’s children. Our students need a place to continue thriving under the fantastic conditions that have long supported our community. Research has shown that smaller schools strongly support the academic, social and emotional growth of children. Smaller schools also help mitigate traffic issues that larger schools foster. For these reasons, we encourage the district to continue diligently seeking a 10th school site, as it is our best opportunity to protect our award-winning model in the long term.


No Shoes, Please: A Sunday matinee

 

Years ago, I was sitting in a theater awaiting a performance of the Broadway hit “Dreamgirls.” Next to me sat a petite, elderly woman – 10 of whom you could easily stuff into the trunk of your car.

It's time to consider existing land options for 10th school

Since the passage of Measure N 31 months ago, the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees has focused exclusively on finding new land suitable for building a 10th school.

While we applaud its efforts, students continue to wait for better facilities. Projecting future district enrollment has always proven to be a difficult exercise. Given the uncertainty, how can we be sure that the best option is to use taxpayer funds to purchase new land during a local real estate boom? It is time to expand our solution space.

Online Comments

Regarding “Downtown library would be a bold move” (Letters to the Editor, June 7): No city funds should pay for this. If some Silicon Valley fat cat wants to finance this, fine, but taxpayers already contribute to the library. – Steve Ly

Learning to detach

As I opened the box filled with treasured pieces from my youth, I came across a letter I once placed on my mother’s pillow at the age of 7. Always fearful of confrontation when wanting my way, this means of communication helped me get my desires off my chest with no fear of rebuttal – at least in that moment.

Letter to the Editor: Consulting group offers online town hall

Community Insights Group is the team of “tech-savvy volunteers” who offer “an effective online polling program the city should take a hard look at,” as noted in the Town Crier’s May 31 editorial (“More public engagement for Hillview”).

We’re flattered by the compliment and in total agreement about the need for public engagement in community decisions, yet we can help our city do more. We see ourselves as facilitators of community collaboration who help create decisions community members can support.

Letter to the Editor: Downtown library would be bold move

Library
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Some residents are advocating to move the Los Altos Library to the downtown triangle.

For several years, I was on the Los Altos Library Commission. I will never forget the sad day the commissioners were told that our library shelves were filled to capacity. We were out of space! Books had to be discarded to make room for new purchases.

This has been going on for several years. It’s time to get a library to fit our needs.


Submit a Letter to the Editor

The Town Crier welcomes letters to the editor on current events pertinent to Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View. Write to us at 138 Main St., Los Altos 94022, Attn: Editor, or email editor Bruce Barton at bruceb@latc.com. Because editorial space is limited, please confine letters to no more than 200 words. Include a phone number for verification purposes. Anonymous letters will not be printed.

You can also have your say right here at losaltosonline.com – scroll to the bottom of any story to add a comment. 

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