MVLA approves Facilities Master Plan, hires assistant director of Adult School

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees approved the Facilities Master Plan at its Jan. 22 meeting after a number of district parents voiced their support for the proposed upgrades.

Los Altos High School parents Gaye Heck, Tina Klaassen, Scott Graeser (president of the PTSA) and Chris Mesel all spoke favorably of the Facilities Master Plan and thanked district administrators and trustees for delaying the vote two weeks, which allowed sufficient time for them to tour and assess performing arts facilities at Los Altos and Mountain View high schools.

The board’s next steps are to determine the amount and language of a bond measure and review detailed site plans, according to Cynthia Greaves, district communications manager.

Adult School hire

At last week’s meeting, trustees also introduced the new assistant director of the district’s Adult School, Julie Vo, who will step into her new role Feb. 21.

Vo comes from the San Jose Evergreen Community College District, where she served as associate dean of adult education and basic skills. She worked in the MVLA district as high school diploma/GED coordinator from 2010 to 2015, and as career technical education coordinator from 2007 to 2010.

Vo earned a bachelor’s degree in English and sociology from UC Berkeley and a master’s in education from Stanford University. She holds teaching credentials in social studies and English.

“Julie is an ideal leader to help our adult learners achieve their educational, personal and professional goals at our Adult School,” said MVLA Adult School Director Brenda Harris. “We are very happy to welcome Julie back to our Adult Education team.”

The Adult School provides classes for nearly 8,000 local residents, who earn their high school diploma or GED, take English as a Second Language and citizenship classes, and receive career training and job placement in technology, health care and other fields. Current students are ages 18-80, according to district data.

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