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MVLA welcomes new associate superintendent, postpones Facilities Master Plan vote two weeks

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees unanimously approved the hiring of Leyla Benson as associate superintendent for personnel at its Jan. 8 meeting. Benson will begin in her new role Monday.

As associate superintendent, Benson will administer personnel responsibilities including the recruitment, selection, hiring and orientation of all new staff, and will ensure that the district conforms to its policies, relevant laws, contracts and agreements. She also will advise Superintendent Jeff Harding, district administrators, managers, principals and assistant principals on personnel-related matters.

Parents air concerns about 10th school site & intermediate-school English curriculum


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The Los Altos School District has targeted the Old Mill/Safeway property, which includes an office building, above, for a 10th school site. The property owners aren’t willing to sell, however.

Fifteen residents and an attorney spoke at the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees meeting Jan. 8, primarily expressing their opinions on the prospect of the district invoking eminent domain to acquire property for a 10th school site.

Flu fighters: LASD nurse offers tip to avoid virus

Flu season is in full swing, and with it comes runny noses, fevers and sore throats. But for many school-aged children, it also means missing out on school and possibly falling behind.

To learn more about keeping children healthy and in school and off the couch, the Town Crier reached out to Monica Sidher, R.N., Los Altos School District nurse and health supervisor. Sidher offered the following tips for staying in top shape, as well as for knowing when it’s time to keep a child home from school.

MVLA principals present annual reviews to district board

Sharing the findings of data collected this year, the principals of Los Altos and Mountain View high schools presented their annual review Dec. 4 at the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees meeting.

Los Altos High Principal Wynne Satterwhite and Mountain View High Principal David Grissom brought their administrative teams with them for the nearly one-hour presentation.

MVLA superintendent proposes $292M budget for Facilities Master Plan

The median budget for the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District’s Facilities Master Plan has increased from $250 million to approximately $292 million, according to a new proposal Superintendent Jeff Harding presented at the Dec. 4 district board meeting.

A reassessment of future enrollment growth at Los Altos and Mountain View high schools prompted boosting the budget to build up to 20 more classrooms and a few more bathrooms than originally planned, modernize the gyms and improve athletic fields, including the addition of a soccer-sized synthetic turf field at each school.

MVLA ponders additional upgrades as parents weigh in


graphic by Grace Hase/Town Crier
With no parcel tax and a low bond tax rate, the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District’s tax rate on residents is the lowest in Santa Clara County. The graph above compares MVLA’s tax rate per $100,000 in assessed value with neighboring school districts.

Parents who attended the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees meeting Nov. 20 shared their opinions on trustees’ work on the new Facilities Master Plan.

Their message was loud and clear: Spend more on upgrades to campuses. With the district’s low tax rate, it should be in a financial position to deliver on that request.


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