LASD reviews school accountability tool


Courtesy of California School Dashboard
The California School Dashboard ranks school performance by color.

The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees reviewed the new California School Dashboard and heard a proposal for a time-sensitive solar project at last week’s board meeting.

The California School Dashboard, released to the public March 15, replaces the previous Academic Performance Index as a means of ranking school and district performance. Criticism of the API focused on its failure to measure multiple areas of school success and deficit, creating an overemphasis on standardized test scores.

Work begins on Foothill-De Anza Community District offices


Courtesy of Alten Construction
The new Foothill-De Anza Community College District office building on the Foothill College campus will house 70 district administration employees and feature a single-story, connected elliptical boardroom.

Construction recently broke ground on the Foothill College campus for a new two-story office building for the Foothill-De Anza Community College District.

Designed by Ratcliff Architects, the 24,000-square-foot facility will house office space for approximately 70 district administration employees, including the chancellor of the college district and employees in human resources, business services, purchasing and the district’s charitable foundation.

Bullis Charter welcomes new principal


Courtesy of Bullis Charter School
Cynthia Brictson, new Bullis Charter School principal, greets a student at the start of school earlier this month.

Bullis Charter School recently hired Cynthia Brictson as its new principal/director of instructional services.

She replaces Jocelyn Lee, who resigned to become director of the Oshman Family JCC Leslie Family Preschool, which her children attend.

FHDA completes sale of Measure C bonds

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District reached a milestone in its Measure C capital improvement program with the sale of its final series of bonds.

Authorized by district voters in 2006, the $490.8 million bond program has transformed the Foothill and De Anza college campuses by funding infrastructure upgrades, repairs and renovations to existing buildings, as well as new construction.

FHDA takes stand for undocumented students


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A new Foothill-De Anza Community College District resolution affirms support for undocumented students and calls for an extension of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District Board of Trustees unanimously approved resolutions Dec. 12 affirming support for undocumented students and calling for extension of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Resolution 2016-44 in Support of Undocumented Students and Affirming the Privacy of Student Records asserts that the district will not cooperate in efforts to create a registry of targeted groups and will hold fast to its policy on the privacy of student records.

MVLA board honors longtime trustee


Courtesy of MVLA
Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian honors outgoing Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Trustee Susan Sweeley at the Nov. 21 MVLA board meeting.

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees honored one of its own last week.

Susan Sweeley, who has served on the board for 16 years, plans to step down after Monday’s board meeting.


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