Last updateWed, 24 Aug 2016 12pm

LAEF announces $3.7 million goal

The Los Altos Educational Foundation, a nonprofit organization led by a board of parent volunteers, is targeting a fundraising goal of $3.7 million for the 2016-2017 school year.

For more than 30 years, LAEF has raised funds from parents and the community to provide enrichment programs and smaller class sizes for all nine schools in the Los Altos School District. Its annual grant for the new school year will support students from transitional kindergarten through eighth grade by maintaining its funding of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math; physical education; libraries; art; music; computer science; and a wider choice of junior-high electives. The foundation is also funding the district’s first instructional support teacher, dedicated to improving instruction, collaboration and learning across disciplines.

Foothill opens fall registration

Foothill College opens registration for its fall courses today.

Foothill offers specialized career certificates and associate degrees as well as classes for professional development and personal growth. The community college also offers general-education course requirements needed to transfer to four-year universities. Most Foothill courses are transferable to California State University and University of California campuses, as well as private colleges and universities.

St. Nicholas Catholic School goes solar

Courtesy of SilRay
St. Nicholas School recently added 105 SilRay solar panels to its roof to help reduce energy costs and spread environmental awareness to students.

Los Altos-based SilRay recently completed a solar installation project at St. Nicholas Catholic School.

Candidate forum slated for MV Whisman, ECHD

The Santa Clara County School Boards Association has scheduled a Candidate Information Forum 9-11 a.m. June 11 in the Mountain View Whisman School District boardroom, 750-A San Pierre Way, Mountain View.

The forum is designed for potential candidates interested in running for a seat on the Mountain View Whisman School District Board of Trustees or the El Camino Healthcare Board of Directors in the fall.

FHDA officials visit the White House

Foothill- De Anza Community College District officials traveled to Washington, D.C., this month to meet with Second Lady Jill Biden at the White House. Pictured, from left, are Chancellor Judy Miner, Board of Trustees President Joan Barram, Biden and Trustee Pearl Cheng. Courtesy of FHDA

Officials from the Foothill-De Anza Community College District visited the White House March 16 to discuss how to implement President Barack Obama’s College Promise program in California.

Chancellor Judy Miner, Board of Trustees President Joan Barram and Trustee Pearl Cheng met with Vice President Joe Biden’s wife Jill Biden, Ed.D., a community college professor and honorary chairwoman of the College Promise Campaign.

S&P, Moody's upgrade MVLA to top rating

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District recently received a bond rating upgrade from Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s and now has the highest possible rating from both agencies. Only one other district in California shares the distinction.

  The bond rating agencies cited the district’s strong financial management and sound local property-tax base as reasons for the upgrade.

City-schools subcommittee will continue to meet as scheduled


Although last week’s agenda was light, the Los Altos City-Schools Subcommittee will continue to meet three times a year as scheduled.

The subcommittee comprises two members of the Los Altos City Council (Jan Pepper and Mary Prochnow) and two Los Altos School District trustees (Tammy Logan and Pablo Luther), who meet to discuss traffic, safety and construction matters that impact both entities.

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