MVLA passes budget, sets plans

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees June 18 passed a 2018-2019 budget of $92.6 million, based on a total revenue of $93.2 million.

According to a district staff report, 88 percent of its revenue comes from property taxes, 6 percent from other local sources, 5 percent from the state and 1 percent from federal funding.

LASD reports to taxpayers

The Los Altos School District released its Annual Accountability Report to Taxpayers last week. The report indicates that 90 percent of the district’s funding comes from local revenue sources.

The report also includes a list of parcel-tax expenditures:

Freestyle Academy teacher wins STEM Teaching Award

Leo Florendo of Freestyle Academy of Communication Arts & Technology last week was named a recipient of Santa Clara County’s annual Texas Instruments Innovations in STEM Teaching Award.

Florendo, program coordinator and digital media teacher at Freestyle Academy – the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District program for juniors and seniors that emphasizes cutting-edge multimedia – was among five science, technology, engineering and math teachers at public schools selected for the award from a pool of countywide nominees.

Nine sixth-graders graduate from LA's Canterbury Christian School

Canterbury Christian School in Los Altos held the smallest graduation ceremony among local schools June 6 – there were only nine students in the elementary school’s Class of 2018.

Graduates included sixth-graders Lily Chen, Shianna Chi, Tyler Chin, Sean Fisk, Charissa Ho, Eliana Lee, Joshua Lee, Akin Mabogunje and Weiming Zhou.

LASD receives $1.4M grant to install charging stations

The Los Altos School District recently secured a $1.4 million grant from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to install electric-vehicle chargers on school sites, according to district Superintendent Jeff Baier.

A local resident anonymously offered to donate electric-vehicle charging stations to the school district, and the Air Quality Management District’s grant will fund installation of approximately 20 chargers per site on average, Baier said.

MVLA spotlights MVHS tech inventors

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Mountain View High’s Bike to the Future team members present a slide featuring the electric bike they created, at the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District trustees meeting June 11.

The Mountain View Los Altos Union School District Board of Trustees at its June 11 meeting honored Mountain View High’s Bike to the Future team and students who won the regional competition of the national Technology Student Association.

Mountain View High won second place among the seven teams vying to build the best electric bicycle in the Bike to the Future competition, hosted by the nonprofit Silicon Valley Clean Energy, which provided a $1,000 budget for each team to build a bike in two months.

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