LASD names new Oak School principal

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The Los Altos School Board of Trustees named Leslie Crane as the new principal at Oak School last month. She will replace Dave McNulty who will leave Oak at the end of this school year to fill the district's position of construction manager.

Crane is currently a vice principal in the Las Lomitas School District, which serves students from Atherton and Menlo Park.

Superintendent Marge Gratiot said Crane knows the district's culture well - she attended Springer, Blach and Mountain View High schools.

She returned to the Los Altos School District to teach physical education and health at Egan Intermediate School and worked as an interdisciplinary human biology teacher team member after receiving her teaching credential from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. She also served on the school leadership team.

Colleagues describe Crane as having "an uncanny ability to work in cooperation with staff members (and) with parents."

Local business sets 'Grad Nite' challenge

Dan Joos, owner of Personal Trainers of Los Altos, may not have children enrolled at Los Altos High School. But he knows about the anticipation that the school's traditional Grad Nite celebration typically generates among seniors each June.

Joos recently put up $100 toward the alcohol-free event. This year, due to the demolition and renovation of the school's quad, it will be held off campus for the first time since parents launched the event in 1961.

Joos has put out a challenge to other businesses to match that amount. Organizers say moving the party to an off-site location is more costly than past celebrations. Now they have to rent a facility - which will not be disclosed until the night of the event - and eight buses to transport students to and from the event. These additional costs raised ticket prices to $99.99 per student, increasing the number of students who will require some scholarship support to attend the event.

"Some people say, 'Why subsidize rich kids?' The point is that not all of them are rich kids," Joos said. "They deserve ... a good time and a good function just as the kids before them."

If you are interested in making a tax-deductible contribution for this year's June 10 Grad Nite, call 941-3746.

IN BRIEF: Los Altos High School hosted a series of classes and activities for Stress Reduction Week May 24-28 to promote healthy lifestyles.

Activities included self defense classes to anxiety prevention talks.

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