MVLA lays out Measure E plans


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Mountain View Los Altos Union High School trustees Fiona Walter, left, and Debbie Torok received flowers for helping Measure E pass.

After Measure E passed in the June 5 election, the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees forged ahead with plans for the $295 million bond, earmarked for facilities upgrades.

At their June 11 meeting, trustees discussed Measure E expenditures and construction details with Rick Kramer, president of Kramer Project Development Co., and Mark Quattrocchi, partner with Quattrocchi Kwok Architects.

Los Altos DAR chapter gives scholarship, honors student

The Los Altos Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently honored Mountain View High School senior Cathy Zhang as its 2018 Good Citizen Award winner.

Zhang is a 2017 National Merit Semifinalist and National AP Scholar. She is co-president of the Computer Science Club and a founding member and coordinator of TEDx at Mountain View High. She also is a member of the girls varsity golf and badminton teams.

Oak Avenue School celebrates completion of solar installation


Courtesy of Sarah Stern-Benoit
Los Altos School District Trustee Jessica Speiser, center, cuts the ribbon May 24 at a ceremony marking the official launch of the solar panels installed at Oak Avenue School.

The sun wasn’t out, but it didn’t matter – the ribbon cutting on the new solar array at Oak Avenue School made it a successful day for solar.

The ceremony marked the official start of the panels, but the systems installed at the nine Los Altos School District campuses were already producing electricity. According to Jeff Baier, district superintendent, the system is expected to offset $175,000 annually for the district, funds that can go toward the schools rather than the power company.

Loyola 3rd-graders ask LASD for inclusive playground


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Loyola School third-grader Evan Lyons, at the microphone, asks Los Altos School District trustees to recall their favorite playground activities when they were children. Evan and his classmates requested an inclusive playground, taking turns addressing trustees at their May 29 meeting.

A group of Loyola School third-graders asked the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees for an inclusive playground at the board’s May 29 meeting.

“As a child, what was your favorite part of the playground?” Loyola third-grader Evan Lyons asked trustees.

MVLA Foundation provides record grant


Courtesy of Laura Roberts
The Mountain View-Los Altos High School Foundation recently raised $1.704 million for the district. Pictured, from left: MVLA Foundation President Alan Cyron, MVLA Foundation Co- Executive Director Margaret Gong, Superintendent Jeff Harding, MVLA Trustee Fiona Walter and MVLA Foundation Co-Executive Director Laura Roberts.

The Mountain View-Los Altos High School Foundation raised $1.704 million for the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District, the largest grant in the foundation’s 36-year history.

At the annual spring gifting dinner, held May 2 at Chef Chu’s restaurant, foundation Co-Executive Directors Laura Roberts and Margaret Gong, along with foundation President Alan Cyron, presented the check to Superintendent Jeff Harding and MVLA Trustee Fiona Walter.

LASD enrollment on decline, according to demographer

Enrollment is declining in the Los Altos School District, but the mid-range forecast shows stability from 2019 to 2025, according to a demographer who delivered an enrollment report at the district’s May 14 board of trustees meeting.

Shelley Lapkoff of Lapkoff & Gobalet Demographic Research said district enrollment has dropped for three consecutive years, but if Bullis Charter School students are taken into account, then the total has decreased only in the past two years.


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