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LASD hosts multilingual meeting on charter school facilities

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Mitsuyo Wharton, a Covington School parent, translates for the table of Japanese speakers at an Oct. 29 multilingual meeting about identifying long-term facilities for Bullis Charter School.

Close to two dozen people turned out for a multilingual meeting on Tuesday (Oct. 29) about identifying long-term facilities for Bullis Charter School.

Los Altos School District officials added the meeting in an effort to encourage more non-English-speaking families to participate in the ongoing public engagement process around charter school facilities.

​The meeting followed the same format as the previous two charettes the district hosted, but the written materials were translated into Japanese, Mandarin, Russian and Spanish, and translators were available for all four languages.

​The meeting was led by Noé Noyola from MIG, a company the district hired to oversee the public engagement process.

​There was a table set up for each language, and translators interpreted what Noyola and district officials were saying in real time. Then each language group spent approximately half an hour discussing the facilities options they supported. At the end of the meeting, each group reported out the potential solutions they had discussed.

​There were attendees for each of the languages, except Russian. Space was also set aside at the back of the room for a group of English speakers.

​Each table collected demographic information on the participants. Of the 23 respondents, 16 were Los Altos residents, four were from Mountain View and three were from Los Altos Hills. Twenty respondents were parents of children in district schools, while two had children at the charter school and one did not have school-age children. When it came to age, 21 participants were between 36 and 54 years old.

​Next, the district will be running two workshops where participants will be asked to rate their level of support for dozens of potential facilities solutions that were discussed at the charrettes. Attendees will use handheld “clickers” to register their opinion on each facilities option.

​The first workshop is slated 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday (Nov. 2) in the multipurpose room at Egan Junior High School. Beforehand, there will be an open house 9-9:30 a.m. where attendees can review the different facilities options.

The second workshop is scheduled 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday (Nov. 4) in the multipurpose room at Blach Intermediate School, with the open house from 6-6:30 p.m. At Monday’s workshop there will be materials available in Japanese, Mandarin and Spanish, as well as translators present.

​For more information, visit lasdschools.org/district/10745-Community-Engagement-on-Facilities.html.

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