LASD, teachers union reach tentative deal: No salary increase this school year, 2.5% next year

Los Altos School District teachers won’t receive any salary bump this school year under a tentative deal the district reached with its teachers union.

Although salaries would stay flat for the 2018-2019 school year, teachers would see a 2.5% increase next school year.

Los Altos School District moves to hire consultant for public outreach on BCS deal


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Bullis Charter School is currently housed on the Egan Junior High School and Blach Intermediate School, above, campuses. The Los Altos School District plans to initiate a public outreach process to get feedback on a long-term deal with the charter school.

The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees unanimously agreed May 28 to hire an outside consultant to conduct a community engagement process on a long-term facilities agreement with Bullis Charter School.

The board approved a motion to hire MIG, a Berkeley-based firm with experience running public outreach campaigns, and capped the cost of the contract at $70,000.

MVLA hears continued stadium lights objections

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees may be on the cusp of approving the installation of stadium lights, but some neighbors still have objections.

A group of neighbors attended the May 20 board meeting to continue airing concerns with the stadium lights policies the district is considering.

Paly Spanish teacher competes on 'Jeopardy!'


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Local teacher Trevor Crowell, right, meets host Alex Trebek as he competes on “Jeopardy!” in the game show’s 2019 Teachers Tournament. Crowell reached the semifinals.

When Palo Alto High School Spanish teacher Trevor Crowell found out he was going to appear on “Jeopardy!” his goal was just to have some fun and not embarrass himself on national television. As it turns out, he did better than that – making it to the semifinals of the long-running game show’s 2019 Teachers Tournament.

It was an “amazing, totally once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Crowell said.

LASD lays out proposed timeline for considering long-term BCS agreement


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Parents protest outside Egan Junior High School in early April to oppose moving the school to a site in Mountain View and giving Bullis Charter School most of Egan’s campus. The district is now laying out a timeline to get public feedback on a long-term facilities deal with the charter school.

The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees last week began to publicly discuss a timeline for soliciting community feedback on a long-term facilities agreement with Bullis Charter School.

Under the draft Superintendent Jeffrey Baier presented to trustees at their May 13 meeting, a series of public forums would be held from September through December, with the board receiving a final report at the end of January.

LAHS student arrested for criminal threats

Police arrested a 15-year-old Los Altos High School student earlier this month for making threatening statements to a district staff member.

Mountain View Police spokeswoman Katie Nelson said the student made “general threatening statements” to a staff member at approximately 4:15 p.m. May 7. Officers responded to the student’s home later that day and arrested him for making criminal threats. The student was booked into juvenile hall.


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