LASD 10th-site task force kicks off discussions

The Los Altos School District’s 10th Site Advisory Task Force held its first two meetings Friday and Saturday to discuss how best to use a new site once it’s acquired.

District officials expressed confidence about overcoming obstacles to purchasing a site in the north of El Camino Real area, based on a conversation the Town Crier had with Superintendent Jeff Baier and trustees Vladimir Ivanovic and Steve Taglio.

No decisions were made during the task force’s first two meetings. The next meeting is scheduled 5 p.m. May 30.

All task force meetings are open to the public and will be publicized to ensure a transparent process.

Options task force members must consider for the new site include:

• Placement of a neighborhood school

• Placement of Bullis Charter School

• Placement of a magnet/choice school

• Any combination of the above

During the meetings, task force members focused on financial implications, the possibility of redrawing attendance boundaries, educational equity, the current neighborhood locations of charter school students, the percentage of students from the area north of El Camino Real and the demographic makeup of the student population, implementation timing, long-term impact and traffic and safety implications of each option.

The task force comprises nine members: Mountain View City Councilwoman Margaret Abe-Koga, Bullis Charter School parent Jill Jene, Mountain View resident Lara Daetz, district parents and Los Altos residents Tom McGovern and Joe Seither, district parent and Mountain View resident James Reilly, north of El Camino Real area resident Anthony Shortland, and two district staff members – Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Sandra McGonagle and education coordinator and newly appointed Almond principal Raquel Matteroli.

Baier and Assistant Superintendent for Business Services Randy Kenyon play advisory roles on the task force, and Manny Barbara, interim CEO of ALearn and Silicon Valley Education Foundation, serves as facilitator for the meetings.

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