UPDATED: Bullis Charter School Offer: 11 Acres, 2 Campuses

The Los Altos School District district's final offer expands the acreage and shared space, across two campuses, Egan Jr. High School and Blach Intermediate School.


board members cast a critical eye at the final facilities offer from the Monday night, during its first briefing of document that was delivered over the weekend.  

The offer adds space but falls short of what the charter school had asked for in its request—a ten-acre campus—but BCS board chairman Ken Moore, clearly underwhelmed by the offer, was restrained in his reaction, saying it was best not to comment much. 

The district, like all districts in California, is mandated to make a final offer for facilities by April 1. It offered a 7.67-acre space at and 3.37-acre space at , for a combined total of 11.04 acres. Currently, BCS grades K-8 occupies a 6.23 acres on the Egan campus. 

Board members Janet Medlin and Andrea Eyre walked through initial overview offer, spotting some problem areas and highlighting concerns.

After walking the grounds over the weekend and looking at the proposal, Eyre said there's too little room at the Egan campus and too much room at the Blach campus. 

"They’re giving 27 kids a ton of acreage and K-6 kids not enough," she said.

And there would be logistical issues that would require transportation for students that would be better spent learning.  

Some of the space offered is configured in such a round-about and awkward way that Eyre wondered how kindergarteners would get to the bathroom if they were using the expanded facilities.

The devil, of course, is in the details, and the pair resisted making too many conclusions. Pointing to the thick, blue folder containing all the documents, Eyre said they still they would have to study the 37-page offer letter, 11-page agreement document, and supporting exhibits spanning more than 180 pages.

They have several questions for Assistant Superintendent Randall Kenyon, who prepared the offer.

Medlin said it reminded her of years' past facilities offers. "Same behavior, different numbers," she said, tartly.

The district said it was addressing Prop. 39 requirement that charter schools' facilties to be "reasonably equivalent" to the other public school students' facilities by expanding upon the space and quality of the facilities at both two campuses for Bullis' exclusive use. In some aspects, BCS facilities would be superior to that used by district students, the district said.

The offer also calls for childcare facilities for BCS, similar to those found on other LASD campuses, to be placed on the BCS campus. 

The school does not restrict BCS students at any grade level from using either campus, except for shared speciaized teaching space at Egan.

The offer itself can be found on the pdf attached to this story.  

comment1320 April 06, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Apparently the Court of Appeals and the California Supreme Court care. Personally, I would take their reasoned conclusions before yours. I agree with a previous writer who stated that you attack when you know you have a weak argument. Arcane? Litigators not educators? Sadly, lots of verbage and no facts. I'm done even thinking about anything you post.
Joan J. Strong April 06, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Citing the (incongruous) backgrounds of the people running a given enterprise is absolutely NOT "a personal attack"--and it's completely on-topic as we are discussing a certain enterprise that is busy gobbling up MY tax dollars and wants to close MY children's school--so heaven forfend that they should be held up to even the slightest amount of public scrutiny. Also, I mentioned that the LAWS are arcane, not any given PERSON (which would make not sense in any case). A personal attack requires, you know, a "person".... But yes, we agree to disagree. Your alliance is to courts and litigation and the random loopholes discovered therein. I stand up for what is right.
Jason Rells April 10, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Joan J Strong = FBOT LASD
Joan J. Strong April 10, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Thanks for bumping this thread. I was hoping more people would take a look as well...
a-parent April 22, 2012 at 03:44 PM
You think the facility offer is terrible and dangerous, yet you would wish it on the Santa Rita students? You lost all credibility with that statement.


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