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


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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.


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