LA resident to lead Peninsula College Fund

Peninsula College Fund recently hired Los Altos resident Christina Mireles as its new executive director.

Founded in 2005, Peninsula College Fund is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower low-income, first-generation college students on the Peninsula and in San Jose.

High school bond cruises to victory

Support for a local high school funding bond only ticked higher as ballots were counted over the past week, with more than 67 percent of local residents favoring a measure that needed only 55 percent to pass.

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District’s Measure E represented a far larger financial commitment than previous local high school funding measures. The $295 million approval for bond sales, intended for major building projects at both Los Altos and Mountain View highs, will be financed on a 15-year schedule to limit the interest that increases total debt, according to Fiona Walter, district board of trustees president.

Mountain View councilwoman suggests moving Egan to 10th site


When the Los Altos School District’s 10th Site Advisory Task Force convened May 31, Mountain View City Councilwoman Margaret Abe-Koga surprised attendees with her recommendation to relocate Egan Junior High School to a new, 10th campus in the north of El Camino Real area.

Abe-Koga’s proposal would leave the entire Egan campus to Bullis Charter School, which currently uses a portion of it. According to Abe-Koga, the merits of her proposal include:

Local member of CHAC board runs for seat on LASD board

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Los Altos School District Board of Trustees candidate Vaishali Sirkay served as president of the Los Altos-Mountain View PTA Council in 2017-2018.

Vaishali Sirkay, a Community Health Awareness Council board member, recently threw her hat in the ring for a seat on the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees.

Sirkay, president of the Los Altos-Mountain View PTA Council in the 2017-2018 school year, is running for one of three open seats on the five-member board. However, her daughter, an eighth-grader at Egan Junior High School, will head to Los Altos High and another district before the Nov. 6 election.

Arguments for and against MVLA's Measure E


Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees President Fiona Walters, Mountain View City Councilwoman Margaret Abe-Koga, former Mountain View Chamber of Commerce CEO Carol Olson, Los Altos City Councilwoman Mary Prochnow and Los Altos business owner Larry Chu

Reasons for support

• Accommodate growing student enrollment.

MVLA ramps up efforts to promote $295 million bond measure

The Mountain View Los Altos Union School District expects an increase of 500 students over the next five years, and a new classroom is needed for every 25 additional students, according to Superintendent Jeff Harding, who spoke at a Kiwanis Club of Los Altos meeting April 24.

Harding attributed the bump in enrollment to the prestige of attending MVLA’s high schools and to 46 new high-density housing projects, each featuring up to hundreds of units, currently under construction in the district.

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