LIVE BLOG: Join the Discussion About Bullis Charter School

Los Altos Patch is live-reporting the Bullis Charter School facilities discussion, taking place at Egan Jr. High School Monday night at the school board's 7 p.m. meeting. Join us here.

Can't go to the Los Altos School Board meeting? Even if you can't be at  Monday night, you can virtually be here.

's the big topic of discussion and you can still join us live with questions, comments and running reportage of the proceedings.

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Ron Haley March 20, 2012 at 02:01 AM
If LASD is so hell bent on sharing at Covington, it makes much more sense to share two LASD on the campus. Perhaps move Oak or Springer there. There are two big pluses - one, all sharing issues can be handled internally by LASD, as they'll be both LASD schools. Currently issues end up at the courts, at great expense to both LASD and BCS. The other option is to convert the two LASD schools into a single large school. Staff savings $500K - $750K a year. Another option is to swap Santa Rita with BCS, ending up with two LASD schools on the Egan site. LASD has always argued that the sites are equivalent, so it's hard for parents to argue it's a negative for Santa Rita parents. BCS and Santa Rita populations are almost identical, and they are minutes apart, so no additional traffic issues. Both of these options utilize current district resources, and satisfy LASD's legal requirements to BCS - for its first site at least.
Joan J. Strong March 20, 2012 at 02:16 AM
It's also hard to argue it's a positive for BCS students--so why go through all of the expense and inconvenience of swapping campuses? It will accomplish nothing except disruption. Remember that the Charter laws are akin to the laws governing foster children: a child is owed an adequate room that is safe and effective--but it doesn't guarantee a child "the coolest room in the house". This spat between BCS and LASD amounts to a bunch of privileged Billionaires being upset that a public and free system is not treating them like... privileged Billionaires.
P. Buffet March 20, 2012 at 04:39 AM
Move Springer and Oak to Covington!? Wow! What a GREAT idea, Ron Haley!!! Displace all of the Mountain View families in the district, plus all of those students who live in the neighborhoods along Springer Road along with all of those folks in South Los Altos to have them all clogging Covington Road and Rosita to drop their kids off at the Covington and Loyola!! Imagine the traffic as two whole sections of the district have to migrate miles down the same narrow roads to take their kids to school! Man oh man, it's going to make all of the folks in those neighborhoods so happy to when they can't get out of their own driveways in the morning and when they get to deal with all the excess noise, oh the joy that will be on their faces!! Awesome!! You should really run for office.
BB Squash March 20, 2012 at 05:32 AM
What about moving GB to Covington instead? That's a smaller school -- It really makes more sense that moving BCS there.
sick_of_covington_traffic March 20, 2012 at 04:07 PM
The traffic at Covington is already a complete nightmare every morning. I can't even imagine how bad it would be by increasing the population there. What a stupid idea. It already takes 10 minutes just to turn left onto El Monte from Covington. I usually sit through 4 lights just so people can drive their kids to Covington. It is already intolerable. Don't make the situation worse.
Ron Haley March 21, 2012 at 12:51 AM
First, I said Springer or Oak. Second, I misspoke - I didn't mean Oak, I meant Almond. It would be stupid to mess with Oak.
Guest March 21, 2012 at 04:34 AM
Bus service would undoubtedly need to be a part of this. Here's something I don't understand. Suppose a charter school has a curriculum that is very facilities-intensive, compared to the standard curriculum. Smaller class-size, more types of classes (e.g., language), longer school day, K-8 on same campus (elementary-age kids with junior-high facilities), heavier use of MP room, etc. What is "equivalent" in this case? Should the charter school get proportionally more resources than the standard schools, because their curriculum requires it? Or should they be constrained to a curriculum that works in the facilities available? It seems this wasn't taken into account when the BCS curriculum was designed. It is facilities-intensive. And perhaps that is part of the reason why BCS feels so pinched.
Just Mom March 21, 2012 at 04:36 AM
Ron you have been hell bent on revenge for so long, aren't you exhausted already. The first step to getting some folks to be receptive to BCS would be to oust you and your ilk from the discussion. Quite frankely with your sue happy damn the rest of you attitude you have changed me from slightly annoyed to full out angry at BCS. Perhaps it is time for you to back off and stop shoving your agenda at all of us. I am finished hearing your vitrol and flat out inaccuracies spun as fact.
Ron Haley March 21, 2012 at 04:00 PM
http://www.losaltosonline.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=22273&Itemid=109 Resurrecting the use of school buses – eliminated more than 20 years ago due to budget cuts – is not in the district’s plans due to current budget constraints, according to Goines. “If the city wants to provide buses or manage a program that offers them, we are all ears,” he said.
Guest March 21, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Great link, Ron, thanks. My take is that special circumstances call for special measures. Keep in mind this doesn't have to be door-to-door service, or anything like it. One stop near each of a few gathering points should be plenty to address the traffic concerns. Parents would still drive, but much less, and in particular avoid the school jam. So we could keep costs down. Even summer camps do this, for example. Including the one that will be at Covington over the summer :)


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