Bullis Charter School officials signed the Los Altos School District’s Facilities Use Agreement (FUA) “under protest and duress” last week, concluding the annual facilities allocation process.
Charter school Superintendent Wanny Hersey wrote a letter to the district claiming that the district “refused” to negotiate the FUA, which is contrary to the mandates of state education code.
Los Altos School District Trustee Doug Smith responded that the charter school and the district did negotiate the FUA, and the deadline to sign the document was extended a week as a result of negotiations.
“We did negotiate with them,” he said. “There were significant concessions we made and they made. Neither party is going to get everything they want.”
The charter school’s letter also outlined its objections to the district’s facilities offer, including the lack of a clearly detailed schedule for shared physical education facilities and an increase in the pro rata share costs.
Hersey said the FUA was signed “under protest and duress so as to avoid another disruptive lockout or other harms you have so egregiously threatened our school and families.”
– Traci Newell