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Poll shows voters receptive to LASD parcel tax raise

Los Altos School District trustees received some good news last week on the prospects of passing an increased parcel tax in the November election.

Professional polling in late June from survey experts TBWB Strategies showed “support for a $223 parcel tax measure to maintain excellent educational programming exceeds the two-thirds threshold necessary for passage.” School board members reviewed the findings at their July 14 meeting.


Foothill College launches registration for fall quarter

Foothill College in Los Altos Hills last week opened registration for its fall-quarter courses.

Foothill offers specialized career certificates and associate degrees as well as classes for professional development and personal growth. The community college also offers general-education course requirements needed to transfer to four-year universities.

Los Altos School District board set to discuss two properties in closed session Thursday

Los Altos School District trustees are scheduled to gather Thursday at a special meeting to discuss two properties in closed session.

Both items involve conferences with “real property negotiators” for 5150 El Camino Real – currently the site of an office building – and St. William Catholic Church at 611 S. El Monte Ave.

LASD takes no action on purchasing property


The Los Altos School District’s prospects for purchasing property for a 10th school site grew bleaker last week after the board of trustees failed to take action on a term sheet for property on El Camino Real.

The district scheduled the June 27 meeting as an opportunity to possibly vote on a term sheet, which would initiate the process for purchasing the 4-acre parcel of land at 5150 El Camino Real to renovate as a school site. Because the term sheet involves negotiations, discussions were held in closed session.

School candidates prepare for November


 

Although the November election is still four months away, local school board candidates are already declaring their intent to run.

Come November, two seats for four-year terms are available on both the Los Altos School District and the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School boards of trustees.

Projected high school enrollment spurs MVLA facilities discussions


After a demographer’s report last month revealed that the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District should anticipate a 14.6 percent bump in enrollment over the next six years, district staff is developing short- and long-term solutions.

The demographer’s data, reviewed at the June 20 board meeting, projected that by the 2021-2022 school year, the district would absorb an additional 583 students before experiencing a four-year decline in enrollment because of the low birth rate. After the period of decline, the demographer reported that the district’s enrollment would still be 6 percent higher than it is now.

LASD gets serious about purchase for 10th site


Graphic Courtesy of Google Maps
The entrance to the 4-acre parcel of land eyed by the Los Altos School District sits adjacent to a traffic light along El Camino Real at Rengstorff Avenue.

A year and a half after voters approved a $150 million bond for the Los Altos School District, officials are taking steps toward purchasing a property for a 10th school campus.

District trustees are scheduled Monday to review and possibly approve a term sheet, initiating the process of purchasing 5150 El Camino Real, a 4-acre site that currently houses an office complex.


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