Budget cuts underway at Foothill

Foothill College is in the midst of a three-year process to slash the school’s budget by $6.16 million, a reduction aimed at alleviating the Foothill-De Anza Community College District’s $17.6 million deficit by 2020.

A total of $1.75 million was cut from the 2018-2019 budget, and the district proposes to eliminate an additional $4.41 million from the 2019-2020 budget.

BCS expansion plan targets Mountain View

Members of the Bullis Charter School community plan to apply this fall to charter a new elementary school with the Mountain View Whisman School District, with the aim of serving a high number of students from low-income families.

Teacher housing proposal moves forward with FHDA

The Foothill-De Anza Community College Board of Trustees voted unanimously Aug. 27 to take the first steps in supporting the creation of affordable teacher housing in Palo Alto.

The board directed Chancellor Judy C. Miner to identify sources of funding, up to $600,000, which could be used to support the effort already underway by Santa Clara County.

10th Site Task Force leans toward moving Bullis Charter School

Courtesy of Los Altos School District
A graph from the 2017 Los Altos School District demographer’s report shows enrollment over the target capacity since 2010. Students enrolled at Bullis Charter School are included in the graph, because the district is legally obligated to provide facilities for them. The high, medium and low forecasts for enrollment growth in the next few years all show the total enrollment over target capacity.

The majority of the Los Altos School District’s 10th Site Advisory Task Force members said that placing Bullis Charter School on the 10th site is their first choice, as opposed to the site housing a neighborhood school, Egan Junior High School or a magnet school.

Formed last spring, the task force will determine the best potential use for land the district is in the process of acquiring and will make a recommendation to the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees. The district is currently negotiating with the sellers of the 9.65-acre parcel at the corner of California Street and Showers Drive in Mountain View.

High school stadium light proposal draws community controversy

The first official discussion of installing stadium lights at Los Altos and Mountain View high schools took place last week, nearly filling the 375-seat theater at Mountain View High with supporters and opponents.

Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Superintendent Jeff Harding and Associate Superintendent Mike Mathiesen led off the tense talks with a presentation on the estimated price tag and possible procedures for the use of the lights. They were not, however, making a recommendation to the MVLA Board of Trustees.

Rich Lyons, Los Altos native, steps down from Haas School of Business

Rich Lyons
Courtesy of Rich Lyons
Rich Lyons served as dean of the Haas School of Business for 11 years and is now transitioning to teaching at UC Berkeley.

Los Altos native Rich Lyons described his tenure as dean of the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley – his alma mater – as a “dream come true.”

Lyons’ dream ended in June when he stepped down as dean after 11 years in the position. Over that time, he helped raise millions of dollars for the school and spearheaded the creation of two academic programs.

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