Mountain View – Los Altos High School District (MVLA)
October 9 and 23, 2017
Consulting firm, TBWB Strategies, presented the results of a public opinion poll on a possible bond measure to upgrade school facilities. They conducted 611 interviews of likely voters in a June election. Support for a bond measure is well above the required 55% to pass, and is not affected by the dollar amount of the bond. MVLA currently has the lowest tax rate of any school district in the county. They recommend putting the school construction bond measure on the June 2018 ballot.
Quattrocchi Kwok Architects (QKA) presented the Facilities Masters Plan, including on both campuses: new two-story classroom buildings to accommodate expected increased enrollment; new student services buildings; new auxiliary gyms; library and cafeteria improvements; and needed repairs and improvements. Also included is a new building for Freestyle Academy and needed repairs to Alta Vista, Adult Education and District office buildings. The rough cost estimates are: LAHS $108M to $119 M, MVHS $121M to $133M, and Freestyle Academy $20M to $22.5M. The total estimated cost, including the repairs to other buildings, contingencies, and expenses is $270M to $295M.The Board requested a prioritization of elements of the plan in order to perhaps leave some things out to reduce the cost. The QKA presentation is available at:
The Board approved a contract with California School Boards Association (CSBA) for their Agenda Online service which provides a web-based application and hosting service that enables the district to create board meeting agendas, attach or link to supporting documents, record minutes, and publish it all on the web. The service will meet the requirements of a new law that says agendas must be searchable.
The Board approved a limited number (net 78) of intra-district transfers from LAHS to MVHS for 2018-2019, available in an open enrollment period to incoming 9th graders, because LAHS has reached its maximum facility capacity.
The board heard presentations on the Computer Science and Engineering Departments from MVHS and LAHS, a Progress Report for the 2016 Special Education Study, the PEAK (Pathways, Exposure, Academic connection and Knowledge) program for AVID students (a collaboration with MVLA Scholars), and the AP Success Project at LAHS (working with the Stanford University Center to Support Excellence in Teaching).
— Sally Ahnger, Observer