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Bullis, School District, Consider Other School Sites?

BCS could also waive litigation related to 2012-13 and 2013-14 use of Egan campus as negotiations for long-term plans continue.

 

With time ticking on the 2012-13 school year, it appears that both Bullis Charter School and the Los Altos School District may be willing to keep negotiating the future—including identifying other sites—while settling arrangements for the near term.

Proposed terms from mediation sessions were released late Friday afternoon that  appear to try to provide breathing room while allowing plans to go forward for the start of school in August. Both boards are scheduled to meet to discuss, and possibly vote on the terms Monday.

“It gives perhaps a little more space at Egan than Egan parents want to give up, but it’s still around 40 percent of the campus,“ said board president Mark Goines Friday evening. BCS board chairman Ken Moore was not available for comment at this publication time. 

without discussion or input from the BCS board, these terms were discussed in the past week's mediation session and then posted on the LASD website Friday, Goines said. It is unclear whether the BCS negotiators had any input in this proposal.

Both boards still need to discuss and deliberate on the content of any proposal before any action can be taken. 

Importantly, allows for the identification of other school sites for BCS and does not limit it to the four sites that were in the tentative framework. . 

Proposed terms call for:

  • Bullis Charter School (BCS) to be housed on the Egan Jr. High School campus for 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years.
  • Both parties “will continue to work on a longterm deal including identification of sites and timeline.”
  • Bullis agrees to “waive litigation arising out of its use and occupation of Egan during 12-13 and 13-14” school years.
  • Bullis agrees to close litigation on the 2009-10 year, including legal fees.

 

In addition, the terms call would add the following space to BCS at Egan:

  • Two additional classrooms, 960 square feet, for K-6
  • One additional classroom, 960 square feet, for Grades 7-8
  • Additional classroom to be located in the place proposed on an earlier, May 16 draft facilities agreement
  • An additional 1,440-square feet building for use as a middle school science room
  • An additional 1,920-square-foot music room
  • An additional 480-square-foot building for small group space
  • BCS has the right to convert any of its facilities to a technology room, at its own expense.
  • An additional 960-square-foot classroom for 2013-14

Egan and BCS would agree to share:

  • Foods room for three weeks for 6-8 grade students
  • Woodworking room for two weeks for 6-8 grade students
  • PE Areas for 6-8 grade students including tennis courts; gym or multipurpose room area;  track and shot put area
  • Softball field
  • Patch Soccer Field

There are other terms listed on the proposed term sheet, attached above. A diagram of the BCS perimeter on the Egan campus is provided there.

Patch will update this article as information becomes available. 

comment1320 June 02, 2012 at 03:22 AM
From my reading of Mark Goines' letter, it appears that this term sheet is simply an unilateral proposal from LASD and was done without the knowledge/approval of BCS. Does anybody know if that is accurate?
Ron Haley June 02, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Your analysis is correct - LASD invents a proposal then publishes it. Seems like more of that "bad faith" behavior we've come to expect from the BoT's. This is the "back to court" proposal. It took LASD less than two weeks to renege on the agreement they had reached with BCS
Joan J. Strong June 02, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Court will be great. They will find the current offer perfectly in line with the recent ruling and leave BCS to sue again for the split campus where it will not prevail. An official judgement will make it clear once and for all that our District is operating fully within the loopholes in the law that BCS has discovered and exploited in order to charter itself.
W Nobuyuki June 03, 2012 at 07:06 AM
Write to YOUR ELECTED officials at the Santa Clara County Board of Education (SCCBOE) & 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: http://wwwstatic.kern.org/gems/fcmat/SantaClaraBullisfinalreport6.pdf Anna Song, SCCBOE, sent this email to a BCS parent on 9/23/2011that stated: … By any measure, these numbers (referring to the Academic Performance Index scores) demonstrate BCS’ failure to meet state law ... that a charter shall “increase learning opportunities for all pupils, with special emphasis on expanded learning experiences for pupils who are identified as academically low-achieving.” The entire e-mail is at this link: http://lasdobserver.blogspot.com/2011/09/bcs-and-sccoe.html The school is using an illegal application process by requiring a parental driver’s license or passport. By requiring these documents, BCS is effectively excluding anyone who cannot obtain a Driver’s License from applying. The public schools are required by law to accept those same people. Here are the names of the school board members: Leon Beauchman Michael Chang Joseph Di Salvo, president Julia Hover-Smoot, vice president Grace 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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