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LAEF begins search for new executive director

The Los Altos Educational Foundation recently launched its search for a new executive director, replacing Amy Peabody, who stepped down at the end of the 2016-2017 school year after three years in the role.

According to Laura Teksler, chairwoman of the Transition Committee, LAEF is seeking a collaborative leader and self-directed manager who will bring to the organization enthusiasm and experience as a relationship builder, volunteer leader and strategic thinker.

LASD approves districtwide solar project

Schools across the Los Altos School District are expected to shift to solar power starting in early 2018, after the board of trustees unanimously approved an extensive solar construction project at a June 12 meeting.

In accepting a contract with renewable energy company Forefront Power, the district takes its first steps toward installing photovoltaic panels at all nine district schools. Staff hustled to review proposals this spring to take advantage of a short window of favorable PG&E rates.

Class of 2017 celebrates connection and compassion, path-forging and perseverance

Draped in leis and tossing elaborately decorated caps in the air, local students joined their families to honor their accomplishments at graduation ceremonies across Los Altos and Mountain View last week, marking the occasion with laughter, tears and more than a few selfies.

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A Mountain View High student accepts leis from enthusiastic audience members during his school’s June 2 graduation ceremony.

The Town Crier spoke with students named by their teachers and principals as reflections of the spirit of the Class of 2017. In private conversations and commencement speeches, these students form a portrait of a graduating class that has surmounted tremendous obstacles; values kindness, compassion and connection; praises the virtues of radical vulnerability; and isn’t afraid to go its own way.

MVLA community to weigh in on facilities at meeting today

Parents, students and teachers in the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District can weigh in on the district’s still-developing Facilities Master Plan at a public meeting scheduled 3:30 p.m. today at Los Altos High School, Room 507, 201 Almond Ave.

A second meeting is slated 3 p.m. May 24 in the College and Career Center at Mountain View High, 3535 Truman Ave.

LASD to decide on solar project

The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees has scheduled a public meeting to discuss the possibility of entering a solar power purchase agreement that would culminate in the installation of photovoltaic systems at district schools. The hearing is slated 7 p.m. Monday at the district office, 201 Covington Road, Los Altos.

At a March board meeting, trustees discussed the possibility of undertaking a solar project this year to take advantage of current PG&E rates, which are being phased out. A solar project built now would be grandfathered in under those rates for the next 10 years. Although trustees did not commit the district to a solar project at that time, they opted to move forward with a request for proposals.

MVHS names new assistant principal

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees recently selected Teri Faught as the new assistant principal of Mountain View High School.

Faught, who will replace Lynne Ewald upon her retirement, will assume the new role effective July 1.

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