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What to Expect From Monday Night's LASD School Board Meeting

Discussion of forming a Superintendent's enrollment growth task force to gather broad community input is underway, one that would include a member of the Bullis Charter School community.

 

The Los Altos School District Superintendent is proposing a wide range of stakeholders make up a task force to investigate and make recommendations about what to do about student growth.

The task force would also tackle the challenges of a long-term plan to house Bullis Charter School students.

The task force, in the superintendent's proposal, would include a member of the Bullis Charter School community among the 12 proposed members of the group.

A wide range of residents is contemplated for the task force, including: a parent leader selected by the superintendent; a school principal selected by the superintendent; a resident recommended by the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce; a resident recommended by the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce; three residents chosen by each the city councils of Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills; three residents chosen a parent representative recommended by the LosAltos School District Trustees; a member selected by the board of Bullis; and a member of the LASD administration.  A land-use expert would support the task force. 

The task force would form and meet two to three times a month from December to March in order to get as much done as possible, and present its recommendations to the district trustees, city councils and Bullis Charter School Board.

In other business, the board will also discuss this school year's opening days, including facilities preparation; discuss board committees and appointments; the Educational Blueprint progress; and view a presentation on the summer school, known as the Los Altos Summer Academy.

Ron Haley August 27, 2012 at 07:16 PM
LASD has had the "long term solution for the charter" on it's "master plan" for two years. To date, they have accomplished absolutely nothing. Now they are going to constitute another committee that has absolutely no authority. The facts are simple - 1. the courts have ruled that LASD must provide reasonably equivalent facilities. 2. LASD has no money or support for additional borrowing to build another school. 3. There is room today with current LASD facilities to provide BCS with what's legally required, at no additional cost to LASD or the taxpayers. Time to quit stalling and do the morally and legally right thing. $2.6 million in legal fees and rising isn't going to change the outcome for LASD.
Joan J. Strong August 27, 2012 at 07:55 PM
And here's actual some facts: 1. The current offer by the District complies with the court ruling. 2. Schools are required to get voters to approve bonds in order to build campuses. There's no school in the state that simply "has the money". The District must first create a plan (as they are), then take it to voters (which they will). 3. The current campus arrangement at BCS, while unacceptable to BCS (the location where BCS has achieved a #1 ranking among charter schools) requires no additional cost to voters. BCS, by intentionally growing, is making things worse for everybody by destabilizing the situation with our school campuses. Read more about the BCS strategy of costly, intentional growth here: http://bullischarterscam.org/bullis_charter_history.php#growth_to_close It's disgusting that Ron Haley--defacto BCS spokesman and somebody who lead a charge to cut off funding for our schools and vows to bankrupt our school district out of spite, uses the word, "moral", but I guess it should be expected. Read more about Ron's (and BCS's) plan to intentionally bankrupt our district here: http://bullischarterscam.org/bullis_charter_money.php
Stacy August 27, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Here's an interesting report by the Los Altos Politico: http://losaltospolitico.com/2012/08/lasd-now-reneges-on-2012-13-prop-39-final-offer-to-bullis-charter-school/
Mary K August 27, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Thank you for the pointer - seems like a much needed news outlet for this town that makes detailed reports on many things glossed over by the patch or the crier...
L.A. Chung (Editor) August 27, 2012 at 10:02 PM
@Mary K: Point well taken about the detailed reports. Los Altos Politico provides a much-needed voice in the local community. It is not, technically, a news outlet, but a news and culture blog that carries news and information with a point of view. For example, the headline you cited would have to carry an attribution (a "who says") in Patch or the TC.
Mary K August 28, 2012 at 03:50 PM
LA Chung, are you saying that Politico's report of LASD reneging on the "final offer" is an opinion of the editor, not a report of a fact?
Joan J. Strong August 28, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Real news organizations (and Fox News is not one of those, FYI) don't use incendiary language like that. The District screwed up the timing on some of the BCS facilities. It happens. It's happened about, oh, ten thousand times to us less privileged non-charter parents. It's typical of the BCS attitude: whereas the rest of us have to live with what the public system gives us--warts and all--BCS people expect Five Star service across the board. It's not like they are going to some "public school" after all. Every parent at BCS pays good money (I heard its upwards of $8500/child now for the non-poor) to attend that school and they demand the very best for their money.
John Radford August 28, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Joan In your last set of comments, you were just trying to be funny right? For example The District screwed up the timing...No they have made substantial modifications in their offer and did it last year too Whereas the rest of us have to live with what the public system gives us--warts and all-- BCS people expect Five Start Service. For the warts and all, I assume you are talking about nine beautifully renovated campuses and for BCS a piece of asphalt, portables and unusable rooms.
Joan J. Strong August 28, 2012 at 08:23 PM
John, Can you please describe these "substantial modifications"? Do they go beyond what LAP reported? LAP only talked about ONE room being swapped. Did I miss something? As for LAP's conspiracy theories about how the District is somehow going after them in particular, they haven't done their homework. If they did they would find out that ALL schools have to deal with mistakes like this. It's part of life dealing with a public institution. Portables are unusable? Who knew? My school is full of them. All of our schools are. I wonder how BCS was able to be the top-ranked charter school in California on all of that "useless space", or why all of those parents specifically *chose* to be on that "piece of asphalt" campus? You should tell them how wrong they were in choosing BCS, surely.
John Radford August 28, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Joan Not going to argue with you because absolutely no one wins when the argue with you. I might also take some time revisit the "warts and all" LASD beautifully renovated campuses to see what the struggling LASD parents have to put up.
Joan J. Strong August 28, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Thanks, John. As for your research, make sure you talk to parents, teachers and principles and ask them about all of the various facilities mix-ups they have to endure over the years in those "beautifully renovated campuses". You'll also notice lots and lots and lots of portables in your travels. Also, for a quick check on what our friends at BCS will try to tell you every campus besides their own looks like, stop by Pinewood's campus. Or maybe Stanford's...
John Radford August 29, 2012 at 12:15 AM
Geez Joan You must think I'm an idiot. I know there are portables at all the campuses. There are also beautifiul renovated classrooms (GB has some of the best), big high ceiling multi purpose rooms and more. As you know, BCS is all portables and I doubt you will find few if any LASD Parents willing to exchange their thier school for the Egan camp site. Stop arguing with me on these points. You are just way off base.You know as well as I do the BCS camp site in no way compares to these other schools.
Ron Haley August 29, 2012 at 02:52 AM
Given that the BCS site is so palatial, Santa Rita shouldn't mind swapping. Problem solved!
Joan J. Strong August 29, 2012 at 04:57 AM
To a real estate agent or an interior decorator, sure. However most LASD parents could care less about the *actual buildings* on the campus. For evidence recall the misunderstanding the LASD BOT had with the community in the first draft of the mediated agreement in the Spring: whereas the BOT originally thought we'd be all want a new campus to be given to an LASD school because it would be shiny and new, we made it clear it should be given to BCS. Hence the second draft of the agreement changed accordingly. Look it up. Nobody cares about portables versus high ceilings or concrete floors or whatever. What we care about is our school community: the connections between students and students, between parents and parents, between parents and students and staff and so on. Location matters, too. By my own standards, Ron is right: swapping SR and BCS would be the least impacting change compared to the current state. However, insofar as they are equals, there's no reason to go to the trouble of moving either campus. These moves don't come for free and are very disruptive for both schools. So yes, BCS has a school, a campus, and plenty of room. If I could wave a wand and give them their stupid high ceilings I would. My school community may be completely annihilated if BCS is not stopped. I'd gladly trade concrete buildings for camping tents to save it because I don't care about such things. This isn't about interior decorating, it's about a community.

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