Flu fighters: LASD nurse offers tip to avoid virus

Flu season is in full swing, and with it comes runny noses, fevers and sore throats. But for many school-aged children, it also means missing out on school and possibly falling behind.

To learn more about keeping children healthy and in school and off the couch, the Town Crier reached out to Monica Sidher, R.N., Los Altos School District nurse and health supervisor. Sidher offered the following tips for staying in top shape, as well as for knowing when it’s time to keep a child home from school.

MVLA principals present annual reviews to district board

Sharing the findings of data collected this year, the principals of Los Altos and Mountain View high schools presented their annual review Dec. 4 at the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees meeting.

Los Altos High Principal Wynne Satterwhite and Mountain View High Principal David Grissom brought their administrative teams with them for the nearly one-hour presentation.

MVLA superintendent proposes $292M budget for Facilities Master Plan

The median budget for the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District’s Facilities Master Plan has increased from $250 million to approximately $292 million, according to a new proposal Superintendent Jeff Harding presented at the Dec. 4 district board meeting.

A reassessment of future enrollment growth at Los Altos and Mountain View high schools prompted boosting the budget to build up to 20 more classrooms and a few more bathrooms than originally planned, modernize the gyms and improve athletic fields, including the addition of a soccer-sized synthetic turf field at each school.

MVLA ponders additional upgrades as parents weigh in


graphic by Grace Hase/Town Crier
With no parcel tax and a low bond tax rate, the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District’s tax rate on residents is the lowest in Santa Clara County. The graph above compares MVLA’s tax rate per $100,000 in assessed value with neighboring school districts.

Parents who attended the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees meeting Nov. 20 shared their opinions on trustees’ work on the new Facilities Master Plan.

Their message was loud and clear: Spend more on upgrades to campuses. With the district’s low tax rate, it should be in a financial position to deliver on that request.

MVLA board weighs Facilities Master Plan options


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Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Trustee Phil Faillace suggested Cupertino High’s student union as a model for updating MVLA facilities. The building houses the library, administration offices, collaboration spaces and other student services.

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees entered round two of deliberations with Quattrocchi Kwok Architects over the Facilities Master Plan during its Nov. 6 meeting.

The original facilities proposal, presented last month, came in at an estimated low of $270 million and a high of $295 million. Proposed upgrades include new classrooms, student unions, expanded gym and athletics facilities, and maintenance work on heating, air conditioning, roofing and storm drainage.

MVLA continues work on Facilities Master Plan update


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The Facilities Master Plan update proposes expanding classroom space at both Los Altos High, above, and Mountain View High.

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees was scheduled to hear further reports Monday on the Facilities Master Plan update, aimed at bringing district campuses up to 21st-century standards and providing space for a projected enrollment increase.

Trustees were originally set to vote on the facilities update at Monday’s meeting, held after the Town Crier’s press deadline, but they postponed the vote at their Oct. 23 meeting to allow time to gather additional information.


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