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BCS welcomes new board member

After Anne Marie Gallagher stepped down from her seat on the Bullis Charter School Board of Directors with two and a half years left in her term, the board voted to fill the vacancy.

The board Jan. 7 approved the appointment of Joe Hurd, a charter school parent and vice president at UniversityNow Inc., a San Francisco-based social venture whose mission is to ensure that a quality higher education is available to people everywhere.

“I made my intention to leave the board known last year, so my departure is no surprise,” Gallagher said. “Joe Hurd is an excellent choice for the Bullis Charter School board, and he has my unconditional support. I remain firmly committed to (the charter school) and its board. I am looking forward to a new year with fewer evening meetings and more dinners at home with my children.”

Churches co-sponsor schools conflict event

Los Altos United Methodist Church is scheduled to host the second in a series of community “listening events” on the Los Altos School District-Bullis Charter School conflict 7-9 p.m. Jan. 24 at Creekside Center on the church’s campus at 655 Magdalena Ave.

Warren Dale, founder of the Conflict Mediation Center in Redwood City, will lead the event, designed as an opportunity for those interested in speaking and listening to each other in a neutral environment apart from a decision-making context.

“It is our hope to contribute to the many efforts in our community to foster dialogue, respect and mutual understanding in and about this conflict,” said the Rev. Mark S. Bollwinkel, senior pastor of Los Altos United Methodist Church. “Our first attempt last September was modestly successful.”

The event is co-sponsored by Union Presbyterian and Christ Episcopal churches. Although hosted by religious institutions and held on church grounds, participants of all faith or nonfaiths are invited to attend, Bollwinkel said.

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