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MVLA board weighs Facilities Master Plan options

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Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Trustee Phil Faillace suggested Cupertino High’s student union as a model for updating MVLA facilities. The building houses the library, administration offices, collaboration spaces and other student services.

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees entered round two of deliberations with Quattrocchi Kwok Architects over the Facilities Master Plan during its Nov. 6 meeting.

The original facilities proposal, presented last month, came in at an estimated low of $270 million and a high of $295 million. Proposed upgrades include new classrooms, student unions, expanded gym and athletics facilities, and maintenance work on heating, air conditioning, roofing and storm drainage.

MVLA continues work on Facilities Master Plan update

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The Facilities Master Plan update proposes expanding classroom space at both Los Altos High, above, and Mountain View High.

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees was scheduled to hear further reports Monday on the Facilities Master Plan update, aimed at bringing district campuses up to 21st-century standards and providing space for a projected enrollment increase.

Trustees were originally set to vote on the facilities update at Monday’s meeting, held after the Town Crier’s press deadline, but they postponed the vote at their Oct. 23 meeting to allow time to gather additional information.

Spirit Week Wildfire Relief Drive brings rival schools together

Spirit Week at Los Altos and Mountain View High schools usually builds to a battle on the football field between the Eagles and the Spartans. While the two teams will still be facing off Saturday, they will be using the game to collaborate as well as compete.

The rival schools will be joined by students from Alta Vista High School – the first time leadership classes from the three schools have worked together – to collect donations for victims of the North Bay fires.

LAEF names new executive director

After a summerlong search, the Los Altos Educational Foundation Board of Trustees named Heather Macdonald the organization’s new executive director.

Macdonald has lived in Palo Alto for 23 years, volunteering for local organizations such as the League of Women Voters, the Palo Verde Elementary School PTA and the Sequoia Adult School Scholars. While she originally worked in the corporate world, Macdonald said she felt drawn elsewhere.

Foothill-De Anza trustee elected to national policy board

Gilbert Wong, Foothill-De Anza Community College District trustee, has been elected to an at-large seat on the Association of Community College Trustees Board of Directors.

ACCT represents more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees at 1,100-plus community colleges and serves as their voice to the White House, U.S. Congress and Cabinet-level agencies such as the departments of Education and Labor.

Study session examines MV-LASD partnership as school-site search continues

Representatives from the Los Altos School District and the Mountain View City Council last week participated in a study session that explored using a zoning strategy to facilitate acquiring land in the San Antonio shopping center area for a 10th school site.

A transfer of development rights (TDR) is used to exchange the right to develop one parcel of land to another. Uses of TDRs include preserving farmland and historical neighborhoods.

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