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Despite delays, LASD moves forward with acquisition process for 10th site

Despite its best efforts, the Los Altos School District was unable to announce a specific location for a 10th campus at its Nov. 13 board meeting as previously anticipated.

With negotiations with buyers of transfer of development rights (TDRs) ongoing, the district extended its timeline while maintaining course.

School district unveils timeline for securing 10th site

It’s been a long time coming, but it shouldn’t be much longer before the Los Altos School District reveals concrete details instead of vague aspirations regarding its search for a 10th school site.

Randy Kenyon, assistant superintendent for business services, updated district trustees on the search for a new site at their Oct. 24 board meeting.

School district's solar project drives another 'Green' campaign

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GreenTown Los Altos leader Margaret Suozzo, left, speaks to students about cycling to school during the Santa Rita School Bobcat Chase in August.

Better factor in an extra time cushion to the daily school drop-off and pick-up routine.

Monday marked the start of solar panel installation at Los Altos School District campuses, and the construction in school parking lots could mean minor disruptions to traffic flow while parking is limited.

Campus critics doubt need for 10th school site

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Bullis Charter School and its 800-900 students currently share space on the Egan and Blach campuses.

Supporters of shared campuses in the Los Altos School District made their presence felt last week during a public forum they organized. Meanwhile, district officials said purchasing land for a new campus remains the top priority for them and the community at large.

The advocacy group Creative Facilities Solutions organized the Sept. 27 forum, moderated by Los Altos Hills City Councilman John Radford, a Bullis Charter School supporter. Radford advanced the argument that district campuses such as Covington and Egan are large enough to support two campuses.

State Board of Education plan affirms commitment to local control of schools

The State Board of Education recently approved a plan for using federal assistance that upholds California’s commitment to the educational reforms of the Local Control Funding Formula. This gives school districts the authority to decide which programs and services to spend state funding on.

Every state that receives federal funding to support low-income students and English-language learners is required to submit an Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan to the U.S. Department of Education. Several states submitted their plans earlier this year, while California and more than 30 other states will be submitting their plans this month.

Measure N watchdog suggests residential land for 10th school site

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A 10th school site could provide a new campus for Bullis Charter School, which currently shares land with Egan Junior High on West Portola Avenue in Los Altos, left, and Blach Intermediate School.

As the Los Altos School District continues to explore commercial Mountain View properties for housing a new school site, a member of the committee tasked with overseeing the purchase is questioning whether it makes more sense to target residential properties in Los Altos or Los Altos Hills instead.

In two open letters presented to the district board of trustees early this month, Measure N Bond Citizens Oversight Committee member John Swan offered three examples of residential properties priced or valued between $1 million and $3.5 million per acre, a comparatively paltry sum compared to the estimated $15 million-per-acre cost for commercial Mountain View land.

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