Unhappy Bullis Accepts Split Facilities

Bullis Charter School prepares for classes at both Egan and Blach schools for the 2012-13 academic year.


The Bullis Charter School board, citing "deficiencies" in what the Los Altos School District was offering, formally accepted the facilities nonetheless Tuesday.

For the first time, the charter school will prepare to operate on two campuses. Both acreage and classroom space at Egan Jr. High School and Blach Intermediate School were offered to Bullis for use in whatever configuration it chose to arrange, for the 2012-13 school year.

"BCS is disappointed that the District ailed to cure the deficiencies that are in the District's Preliminary Offer of Facilities," read the letter of acceptance from Janet Medlin, a BCS board member, who added that the district had introduced "new deficiencies" in its final offer.

"However, BCS needs facilities to continue educating our public school children."

In years past, the charter school (BCS) has accepted the facilities offer, and subsequently sued the school district for failing to comply with Prop. 39. It was not known what BCS would do this year, though it met in closed session with counsel April 30 citing "anticipated litigation."

"We will continue to work  to work with your office to ensure that our students are provided reasonably equivalen facilities," Medlin closed the letter. 

Joan J. Strong May 02, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Bullis Charter School is going to sue again, and again, and again. It's what they do. They have an infinite legal budget and a Board dominated by litigators (not educators). Yes, this will probably all end when the uber-rich founder's kids all graduate from the school in a 4-5 years, but a lot can happen between now and then, and they can still cause a lot of pain and money in the mean time. For the first time ever this year, parents in Los Altos and Hills have risen up to stop this scourge from tearing apart our community. BCS must be shut down, taken private, or completely changed in a way that is in harmony with our community, as I have outlined here: http://bullischarterschoolthoughts.blogspot.com/2012/03/bullis-charter-school-post-war-vision.html
Ron Haley May 02, 2012 at 06:02 PM
This action by BCS changes nothing. They had to provide an intent to occupy by May 1, otherwise go without a school for 2012/2013. In doing so, they gave up none of their rights. The judge can still find LASD non-compliant, and issue rulings in favor of BCS. The judge could in fact order completely different campus be assigned to BCS. Unless there is some agreement via mediation soon, expect this to be back in court. And as usual, expect LASD to lose big time. The current offer is nowhere near compliant, and until LASD decides to follow the law, expect LASD to keep bleeding legal fees.
Joan J. Strong May 02, 2012 at 06:33 PM
We'll certainly expect Ron Haley to keep on spitting out BCS lies, that's for sure. 1. Correct, BCS will definitely continue to keep suing our school district. That's what they do. 2. "The judge" (which judge?) could also make Captain Crunch required breakfast cereal for all Los Altos residents. There's no limit to what your imagination can conjure up when you are not constrained by the facts. In the most recent case, however, the judge for THAT case made it clear that a stand-alone campus is absolutely NOT required for a legally-compliant offer to BCS. 3. In the previous case in which our District lost, the case basically ordered the District to "please measure differently next time". Yes they lost. Big time? No, it was a technicality. 4. The current offer is absolutely, positively compliant with the law. It is certainly not compliant the the BCS board's fanatical fantasies of closing a neighborhood public school to finally exact the revenge they've sought for so many years, but it's certainly compliant with the law. 5. Yes, our District will continue to lose money defending itself against BCS aggression until it is either shut down or taken private. As such, every diligent parent in Los Altos and Hills needs to work to accomplish this in order to save our schools.
Just Mom May 02, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Why is it anytime the word, "lawsuit" is used Ron shows up?
Bill May 03, 2012 at 12:14 PM
Is this groundhog day? So BCS will accept the offer (reluctantly), but nonetheless ACCEPT the legally compliant offer for facilities? Exactly like when the school was formed......yet through their own desire to grow, will blame/sue LASD. This is a heck of an example to set for kids. I wonder if when BCS students receive a grade on schoolwork they return to the teacher and threaten to sue unless they receive a higher grade? "This is the grade my peers and I fairly earned, but I DESERVE a better one"
Ron Haley May 03, 2012 at 10:04 PM
No Bill - BCS is not accepting the offer. They intend to occupy. LASD still has to comply with prop 39, which means that what BCS gets when they arrive isn't going to be whats offered today!
Just Mom May 04, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Are you certain about that Ron?
W Nobuyuki May 29, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Write to the Santa Clara County Board of Education and urge them to revoke the BCS charter immediately based on these violations: This school is not in compliance with the rules governing the charter, see report at this link: http://wwwstatic.kern.org/gems/fcmat/SantaClaraBullisfinalreport6.pdf The school is using an illegal application process by requiring a parental driver’s license or passport. Obtaining a Driver's License requires certain types of residency and related requirements be met (i.e., a higher standard than those residency requirements required to attend public school). So BCS is effectively excluding anyone who cannot obtain a Driver’s License from applying...even though the real public schools are required by law to accept those same people. http://www.bullischarterschool.com/cms/lib6/CA01001253/Centricity/Domain/24/2012-13_BCS_Registration_Packet.pdf Here are the names of the school board members: Leon F. Beauchman Michael Chang Joseph Di Salvo, president Julia Hover-Smoot, vice president Grace H. Mah Craig Mann Anna Song Their e-mail addresses are: leon_beauchman@sccoe.org michael_chang@sccoe.org josephsds1@aol.com julia_hover-smoot@sccoe.org grace_mah@sccoe.org craig_mann@sccoe.org anna_song@sccoe.org


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