MVLA community to weigh in on facilities at meeting today

Parents, students and teachers in the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District can weigh in on the district’s still-developing Facilities Master Plan at a public meeting scheduled 3:30 p.m. today at Los Altos High School, Room 507, 201 Almond Ave.

A second meeting is slated 3 p.m. May 24 in the College and Career Center at Mountain View High, 3535 Truman Ave.

LASD to decide on solar project

The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees has scheduled a public meeting to discuss the possibility of entering a solar power purchase agreement that would culminate in the installation of photovoltaic systems at district schools. The hearing is slated 7 p.m. Monday at the district office, 201 Covington Road, Los Altos.

At a March board meeting, trustees discussed the possibility of undertaking a solar project this year to take advantage of current PG&E rates, which are being phased out. A solar project built now would be grandfathered in under those rates for the next 10 years. Although trustees did not commit the district to a solar project at that time, they opted to move forward with a request for proposals.

MVHS names new assistant principal

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees recently selected Teri Faught as the new assistant principal of Mountain View High School.

Faught, who will replace Lynne Ewald upon her retirement, will assume the new role effective July 1.

Mtn. View voters face parcel-tax decision

Nearly $3 million in funding is on the line for the Mountain View Whisman School District May 2 as district residents vote on whether to continue an expiring parcel tax.

If approved, Measure B would maintain current levels of school funding while raising the average homeowner’s tax by $64 .

MVHS band to perform in London New Year's parade

Students in Mountain View High School’s Instrumental Music program have been invited to perform in the 2019 New Year’s Day parade and festival in London.

In a ceremony at the school March 25, the Lord Mayor of Westminster Steve Summers formally invited the Spartan Marching Band and Color Guard to participate in the parade, and the Wind Ensemble to perform in one of the festival’s concerts.

LASD re-examines middle school model

During a study session March 13, the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees didn’t quite go back to the drawing board, but called for new research before making a decision on the long-running debate over whether to move sixth-grade students to junior high campuses to form middle schools with grades 6-8.

The board listened to a presentation and recommendations from a special committee on grade-level configuration. The 18-member committee, comprising administrators, principals, parents and junior high and elementary teachers, has been studying the potential benefits and pitfalls of the sixth-grade move since early 2011. Five years ago, the committee recommended that the district go ahead with moving sixth-graders, but at the time, facilities obstacles stymied such a shift.

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