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Egan community unsettled by 'nasty, cruel' vandalism

Students’ discovery of a swastika drawn on the blacktop at Egan Junior High April 21 has sparked schoolwide conversations about religious intolerance and the school’s values.

The symbol, which appeared to have been drawn with pencil lead, was discovered by students Friday afternoon, quickly reported to staff and removed. Egan Principal Keith Rocha said the school is still investigating, but that a student is believed to be responsible.

TDR could be useful tool for future LASD land purchases

A new acronym driving the latest round of school-site searching in Los Altos, the TDR, or transfer of development rights, seeks to use a school’s humble scale as an asset with a concrete dollar value.

If the district buys expensive land near where students need a school and “underdevelops” it by building a school rather than high-rises, a TDR might allow the district to recoup a non-trivial chunk of the land’s purchase price.

LASD moves forward with replacing Egan roof

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A schematic from the Feb. 13 Los Altos School District board meeting points to the damage in the Egan Junior High School roof.

The roof of the two-story classroom building at Egan Junior High School has been leaking during the rainy season, prompting Los Altos School District officials to take action to remedy the situation.

After a lengthy discussion about grants and public funds district officials could seek to fund the project, trustees last month approved opening the repair work to bids for completion over the summer.

MVLA stands by response in wake of rape allegation

In light of an ongoing federal investigation of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District for Title IX violations, district officials are emphasizing communication with parents regarding off-campus incidents.

Last June, a former district student initiated a Title IX investigation with the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights, claiming that the district failed to respond adequately after she alleged that a fellow student raped her at a an after-hours party.

MVLA continues work on Facilities Master Plan

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District has one last step to take before its Facilities Master Plan is complete.

So far, the district has assessed the condition of its current facilities and received a demographers report that indicates a 14.6 percent bump in enrollment over the next six years.

Alumni, parents request apology for teacher placed on leave

Mountain View High School alumni and parents packed the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School meeting Dec. 5 to plead with district leadership to apologize to a teacher they felt was wrongly placed on leave last month.

In an incident that made international headlines, administrators suspended longtime Mountain View High history teacher Frank Navarro Nov. 10 while they investigated allegations of inappropriate behavior in the classroom. The father of a student complained after Navarro drew parallels between President-elect Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler during a class discussion.

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