LASD questions BCS enrollment projection for next school year

Los Altos School District officials responded to Bullis Charter School’s facilities request for the 2019-2020 school year with an enrollment counterprojection.

This year, Bullis Charter School requested facilities through the process laid out in Proposition 39, state legislation governing charter schools. The charter school provided the number of in-district students it expects for the following school year, because those are the students the district is required to find facilities for. The district can object to that number and provide a counterprojection, which it has done in years past.

To provide firmer numbers for the facilities request, this year Bullis Charter School held its open enrollment period and lottery early. The school has already enrolled 1,058 in-district students for the 2019-2020 school year, but the district responded to the facilities request with a counterprojection of 880.76 in-district students.

A letter from district officials states that “the current BCS charter does not call for enrollment above 908 students,” and that the district objects and has developed the counterprojection “pending BCS obtaining a material revision of its charter to include its projected enrollment.”

Charter school officials disagreed.

“Our enrollment numbers are solid, and our growth is encouraged and supported by California’s Charter Schools Act,” wrote Bullis Charter School Board of Directors Chairman Joe Hurd in an email to charter school families. “No revision to the BCS Charter is necessary to allow our growth.”

Charter school officials have until Jan. 2 to respond to the district’s objection.

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