Looming 10th-site decision frays district-BCS relationship

The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees not only discussed the 10th-school-site decision at its Sept. 10 board meeting, but also decried a lack of transparency from the Bullis Charter School Board of Directors.

Schools Briefs for the week of Sept. 12

Montclaire hosts e-waste drop-off site

Montclaire Elementary School is slated to host an electronic waste drop-off site 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 6 in the school’s front parking lot, 1160 St. Joseph Ave., Los Altos.

Eligible items include recyclable electronics, phones, wires, cables, TVs, laptops, desktop computers, CDs, DVDs, printers, monitors, metals, batteries, dishwashers, microwaves and lawn mowers (without gasoline).

Budget cuts underway at Foothill

Foothill College is in the midst of a three-year process to slash the school’s budget by $6.16 million, a reduction aimed at alleviating the Foothill-De Anza Community College District’s $17.6 million deficit by 2020.

A total of $1.75 million was cut from the 2018-2019 budget, and the district proposes to eliminate an additional $4.41 million from the 2019-2020 budget.

Student becomes teacher at CENG

Courtesy of Alice Lee
Isabella Borkovic, kneeling at right, smiles with a fellow teacher and students in CENG Summer Academy’s coding class for first- through third-graders.

I’ve always wondered why anyone would ever choose to become a teacher. The endless paperwork, pushy parents and unruly children all made me think of teaching as an extremely unappealing job.

But after I had the opportunity to teach at the Computer Engineers of the Next Generation (CENG) Summer Academy, my mindset toward teaching changed dramatically.

BCS expansion plan targets Mountain View

Members of the Bullis Charter School community plan to apply this fall to charter a new elementary school with the Mountain View Whisman School District, with the aim of serving a high number of students from low-income families.

Teacher housing proposal moves forward with FHDA

The Foothill-De Anza Community College Board of Trustees voted unanimously Aug. 27 to take the first steps in supporting the creation of affordable teacher housing in Palo Alto.

The board directed Chancellor Judy C. Miner to identify sources of funding, up to $600,000, which could be used to support the effort already underway by Santa Clara County.

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