Innovation Hub opens at Homestead High

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Homestead High’s new Innovation Hub houses business, computer science, engineering and art classes, among other offerings.

When students returned to class last month at Homestead High School, many of their elective classes were in the new 25,000-square-foot Innovation Hub.

The building, which sits along Homestead Road, now houses business, computer science, engineering and art classes, among other offerings.

MVLA welcomes new administrators

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Daniella Quiñones started this fall as an assistant principal at Mountain View High School.

Daniella Quiñones may be new in her role as an assistant principal at Mountain View High School, but she’s hardly new to the education field. Both Quiñones and her husband are third-generation teachers.

“I guess I can say it’s always been in our families and in our blood,” Quiñones said. “We both resisted becoming teachers; we’re both second-career teachers, but I just love working with students.”

LASD public engagement process over BCS facilities begins in earnest

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A proposed 10-year agreement between Los Altos School District and Bullis Charter School would lease the charter school the bulk of the Egan Junior High School campus and move Egan to the 10th school site, above, which the district is purchasing. However, after public backlash to the prospect of moving Egan, the district is embarking on a public engagement process over charter school facilities.

Now that summer vacation is over and school is back in session, the Los Altos School District is preparing for the public engagement process over Bullis Charter School’s facilities to get into full swing.

The district is in the process of rolling out a toolkit, which includes a document outlining the history of the relationship between the district and charter school, as well as another document listing the possible facilities solutions considered over time.

Construction poised to begin at MVLA high schools

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The 600 wing at Los Altos High School, above, as well as portable classrooms near the softball field, will be demolished to create a new two-story classroom building and adjacent single-story building housing engineering and robotics programs. The construction is part of the $295 million Measure E bond passed by voters last year.

The start of the school year is coinciding with the start of major construction projects at Mountain View and Los Altos high schools.

In the coming weeks, demolition and construction will begin at both schools as part of the first phase of construction funded by the $295 million Measure E bond passed by voters last year.

Subsidized teacher housing project moves forward

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A subsidized housing development for teachers is planned at 231 Grant Ave. in Palo Alto. The 1.5-acre site currently has parking and a building on it that houses space for the county public defender’s office, as well as for some nonprofit groups.

The push for subsidized teacher housing in the area took a big step forward last week when the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors selected developers for a planned project in Palo Alto.

The board unanimously voted to work with nonprofit developers Mercy Housing and Abode Communities on the construction of 60-120 units on the 1.5-acre plot of land at 231 Grant Ave. in Palo Alto, across the street from the county courthouse.

Cupertino school district retracts parcel tax measure

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Less than two weeks after deciding to put a parcel tax before voters in November, the Cupertino Union School District board voted Aug. 12 to retract the measure.

Voters won’t be deciding on a parcel tax measure from the Cupertino Union School District in November after all.

Last week, the board of trustees decided to pull the measure, citing the cost of placing it on the ballot. The Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters Office estimated that ballot placement would cost $2.4 million.

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