LASD takes first step toward Simitian's teacher housing

The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees took a step toward providing teacher housing by voting unanimously Sept. 24 to direct the administration to look for funding sources, a decision Trustee Jessica Speiser called a “no-brainer.”

Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian has been gathering potential partners for a teacher housing project that could create 60-120 below-market-rate units in Palo Alto for local teachers and school staff.

Schools Briefs for the week of Oct. 3

Preschool hosts lecture on balanced children

Children’s Center Preschool has scheduled the presentation “Challenge Success: The Well-Balanced Child” 7 p.m. Oct. 10 in the Children’s Center Multipurpose Room at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

Mary Hofstedt, Ed.M., community education director for Stanford University’s Challenge Success program, will discuss research-based strategies for raising healthy preschoolers in a high-pressure culture.

Election 2018: Meet the candidates for the LASD Board of Trustees

Three seats are open on the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees in the Nov. 6 election. Trustee Sangeeth Peruri has opted not to run again, but incumbents Vladimir Ivanovic and Bryan Johnson are seeking re-election. 

Vladimir Ivanovic (incumbent)

Q: Why are you running for the board?

I’m running for re-election because I want to extend and broaden the truly excellent work our board and our staff has already done. I am proud that we have:

Election 2018: Meet the candidates for the MVLA Board of Trustees

Four candidates are running for three open seats on the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees. Joe Mitchner will be leaving the board after 12 years, and incumbents Debbie Torok and Fiona Walter are running for re-election.

Steven Nelson

Q: Why are you running for the board?

I believe in the core value of the district – quality: “Every teacher, every classified staff member and every administrator should set excellence of instruction and program as their No. 1 priority.” I have direct experience in serving on an elected school board making the “difficult difficult” decisions that are required of a board. Unlike other members/candidates, I have seven years’ experience as a teacher, which I think is beneficial. I earned a California Teaching Credential and have five years in charge of science and math classrooms plus two years of work credit built up as a daily substitute.

MVLA puts brakes on stadium lights task force

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District will not be assembling a task force to study the stadium lights issue just yet, according to Trustee Debbie Torok.

The district administration previously announced plans to form a 33-member task force to study the issue of whether and how to install stadium lights at Mountain View High and Los Altos High. The decision to create the task force followed online petitions for and against the lights and a lengthy board meeting where many community members voiced their opinions.

Living Classroom selects new executive director


Living Classroom, the nonprofit organization that develops garden-based lessons for students in the Los Altos School District, recently selected Margot Harrigan as its new executive director.

“This speaks to everything I love about education: hands-on learning and learning outdoors,” Harrigan said.

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