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


Abe-Koga

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

Proponents

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.

Loyola students ask Parks and Rec for inclusive playground on campus


Courtesy of Olenka Villarreal
Loyola School third-graders are advocating for an inclusive playground like Magical Bridge in Palo Alto, left. The students attended a Parks and Recreation Commission meeting April 11 to lobby for one, even though they were on spring break.

Although it was spring break, two Loyola School teachers and seven third-graders attended the Los Altos Parks and Recreation Commission meeting April 11 to lobby for an inclusive playground.

The students – accompanied at the meeting by third-grade teacher Tracy Grinberg and STEM instructional support teacher Grace Choi – first raised the idea of an inclusive playground March 14 when Los Altos Mayor Jean Mordo visited their class. Mordo recommended that they speak to the Parks and Recreation Commission. So they did, even though the commission meeting was scheduled during their vacation.


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