Almond School principal resigns

Note: Several parents said the original version of this story offered predominantly one side of the issue. In response, the Town Crier has included additional information from parents who initially raised the concerns at Almond.


The Los Altos School District may have a problem with bullying. But this time, it’s not related to students.

Almond School Principal Erika Benadom announced her resignation recently, partially because of parent “bullying,” according to two Almond parents who wished to remain anonymous.

MVLA expands program for parent education

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District’s Parent Institute for Quality Education is scheduled to launch a series of workshops today.

Established in spring 2017, PIQE served more than 100 MVLA and Mountain View Whisman School District families last year by providing a variety of services, including eight weeks of workshops on high school systems and the college admissions process to enable immigrant parents to help their children reach their full potential.

Local schools vow to keep students safe

The recent school shooting in Parkland, Fla., has made student safety a major concern nationwide. In the wake of the massacre, local school officials are reinforcing emergency response preparedness and procedures.

Los Altos School District Superintendent Jeff Baier sent an email to district parents assuring them that “safety is our top priority.”

LASD launches STEM events next month

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Oak Avenue School students watch a robotics exhibition at the 2015 STEM Expo. This year’s Expo is set for March and April.

Evolving from a pilot program in 2014, the Los Altos School District’s upcoming STEM Expo is now a series of districtwide activities that encourages K-6 students to design hands-on projects and showcase their accomplishments.

Karen Wilson, the district’s STEM coordinator, called the program “STEM Plus,” a nod to the trend of adding an “A” for “arts” to science, technology, engineering and math to turn the STEM acronym into STEAM, and even inserting an “R” for “reading” to make it STREAM. Wilson explained that an “H” for “humanities” could also be added, and the list could go on, so she would rather use “STEM Plus.”

Teachers complain about behavior of LASD parents

At last week’s Los Altos School District Board of Trustees meeting, the Los Altos Teachers Association registered a complaint about some parents’ rude behavior toward teachers.

Elizabeth Leach, president of the teachers association, called herself an “up-stander” in the beginning of the statement she made at the Feb. 12 meeting. She said that while 90-95 percent of the parents are “fabulous,” there are some who have shown disrespect to teachers.

LASD forms 10th-site task force

The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees unanimously approved Superintendent Jeff Baier’s proposal to form a 10th Site Advisory Task Force at their Feb. 12 meeting.

According to the proposal, the task force will comprise the following stakeholders.

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