LASD adds multilingual BCS facilities meeting

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More than 250 people turned out to an Oct. 5 meeting on finding long-term facilities for Bullis Charter School. The Los Altos School District is now scheduling a multilingual meeting to encourage more participation from non-English-speaking families.

The Los Altos School District has added a multilingual meeting about finding long-term facilities for Bullis Charter School to its calendar, an attempt to include more non-English-speaking families in the ongoing public engagement process.

The meeting is scheduled 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the multipurpose room at Santa Rita School, 700 Los Altos Ave.

The event will follow the same structure as the prior two charrettes the district has hosted, starting with an overview of the facilities process and then time for small-group discussions.

Spanish, Mandarin, Russian and Japanese translators will be present, and written materials will be available in Spanish, Mandarin and Russian.

According to district board president Jessica Speiser, the decision to host a third charrette came in part because the number of Mountain View residents attending the first two charrettes wasn’t commensurate with the percent of the district’s students who live in Mountain View.

At each of the first two meetings, 16% of attendees were from Mountain View, according to demographic data collected from audience members. In contrast, Speiser said approximately 25% of the district’s students are Mountain View residents.

“I’m glad that we are making sure that we’re making these charrettes equitable,” she said. “And that we’re making sure people are able to participate in their native language.”

Joan Chaplick, director of management and policy planning services at MIG, will lead the meeting, as she did the first two. The district hired MIG to oversee the public engagement process on facilities for Bullis Charter School.

Adding the third meeting will fit within the $70,000 cap the district’s board of trustees set when it hired MIG, Speiser said.

In November, two workshops are scheduled, where attendees will weigh support for facilities options. Translation will be available for at least one of the workshops, Speiser said.

To sign up for Tuesday’s multilingual meeting, visit Childcare will be available for children ages 3 and up, and pizza will be served.

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