MVLA moves toward stadium lights

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The debate over whether to install permanent stadium lights at Mountain View and Los Altos high schools has been running for years. At certain points, Mountain View has erected temporary lights, above.

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees last week considered potential funding sources for installing stadium lights at Los Altos and Mountain View high schools.

Installing lights at both campuses is expected to cost approximately $1.6 million, according to Associate Superintendent Mike Mathiesen.

Los Altos High recognized for sustainability

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Students arrive at Los Altos High School last week by bicycle. The large number of students who get to school without using a car is a factor in the school being named a Green Ribbon School.

For years, Los Altos High School has worked to be environmentally friendly. Now, the school has the recognition from the state to prove it.

The California Department of Education recently named Los Altos High School a Green Ribbon School at the silver level. The award is comprehensive, recognizing Los Altos High’s environmental impact across different areas.

MVLA approves 2% teacher raise

Local high school teachers are getting a salary bump, but one that falls below historical averages.

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees approved a 2% pay increase for teachers last week, along with a 2.85% one-time lump-sum payment.

BCS and LASD reach 2-year facilities accord

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Bullis Charter School is currently partially housed in portable classrooms at Egan Junior High's campus in Los Altos.

The Los Altos School District and Bullis Charter School have agreed on a two-year facilities deal, providing more time to reach a long-term plan.

Homestead High wins e-bike contest

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Homestead High School freshman Ian Singer rides the electric bicycle he helped create for the Bike to the Future competition.

Homestead High School took first place in the second Bike to the Future electric bike scholarship competition April 27.

Freshman Ian Singer, a Los Altos resident, led team IYA Industries from Homestead to victory. Team Spartans from Mountain View High nabbed second place.

Jose Antonio Vargas accepts 'Challenge' of undocumented status at annual breakfast

Celebrated journalist Jose Antonio Vargas returned to his roots for a thought-provoking talk in Mountain View last week on his personal search for identity.

Vargas, a product of the local school system, was the keynote speaker for the 32nd annual Champions for Youth Breakfast. The annual breakfast, held May 1 at Michaels at Shoreline restaurant, is a fundraiser for the Mountain View-Los Altos Challenge Team, a consortium of local law enforcement, schools and city leaders dedicated to helping youth.

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