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Letter From LASD President Inviting BCS Board to Wednesday Meeting

Recognizing time is short and the gap of understanding about the facilities offer was large, the Los Altos School District extended an invitation to Bullis Charter School's Board to meet, gather questions and clarify.


Editor's note: The following is the emailed invitation to Bullis Charter School Board Chairman Ken Moore from Los Altos School Board President Doug Smith, written after the Los Altos School Board meeting Monday night. 


from:  Doug Smith <doug@smith4lasd.com>   to:  Ken Moore <ken.moore@moore.org>,
cc:  Jeff Baier <jbaier@losaltos.k12.ca.us>,
 Randy Kenyon <rkenyon@lasdschools.org>,
 Traci Newell <tracin@latc.com>
date:  Mon, Feb 11, 2013 at 11:11 PM subject:  Prop 39 meeting



This evening at our Board meeting, the District discussed the need for improved dialogue regarding the Prop 39 offer.  As you are probably aware, we had previously considered holding a special Board meeting on February 25th to collect BCS input on the current prop 39 offer.  

On behalf of LASD, I'd like to invite BCS to participate in a Prop 39 meeting on Wednesday, Feb 13th.  Although this is exceptionally short notice, we believe this discussion would be beneficial to both sides.  LASD is concerned that a meeting that late in the month would not provide adequate time to collect the questions you might have, prepare meaningful responses, and then to have that feedback incorporated in the BCS response due on March 1st.  By accelerating the discussion, it gives a greater opportunity to provide information which might be important in your Prop 39 response on March 1st.

In keeping with the LASD requirements for openness and transparency, the meeting will be open to the public.  In an effort to make the meeting as productive as possible, we are requesting that you send a team of no more than 2 people. LASD will do the same.  Other Board members are welcome to observe from the audience, but our goal is to have a constructive dialogue, and we believe that is best achieved with small teams form both sides.

I want to make sure we set expectations correctly.  Randy Kenyon will be attending a CACF meeting, and we are not likely to be able to answer a large number of questions.  However, we'll collect the questions, discuss what you need, and we will commit to as quick a response as we can.  All of our responses will be posted to the District web site, so that the public can follow along with the dialogue.

We are nailing down specifics of location, but I expect the meeting will be held at 7pm on Wednesday evening.  Please let me know as quickly as possible of the BCS team will be able to attend.  I've already discussed this with Joe Hurd, and I'm hoping that the BCS team will come in a spirit of collaboration and constructive dialogue.  

Best wishes,


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Concerned Parent February 12, 2013 at 05:41 PM
I think this is great news! While it's not much notice for either side to prepare, at least it gets them TALKING, which is a fantastic and important development for our whole community. I hope that this is the first of many working sessions in which individuals from LASD and BCS can iron out the details that are of crucial importance to all impacted students, in this case the students at Blach, Egan, and BCS. One clear step in the right direction!
Heather Rose February 12, 2013 at 08:36 PM
Thank you Doug and the other members of the LASD BOT. Ball is now in the hands of the BCS Board.
John Radford February 12, 2013 at 09:53 PM
Doug Smith (according to LA Patch) has said it was clear to him that there was a large gap between what the district had offered and what BCS had proposed in late January. So instead of the ball being in the hands of the BCS Board, I would suggest that both sides are probably going to have to be prepared to come more to the center if they are going to solve this issue. LASD no doubt believes they have made a legal offer. BCS wants to have a functional space for their second site. I think the whole Community is hopeful that this can finally be the first major step to a long term resolution.
Claudia Cruz February 12, 2013 at 10:20 PM
Glad to see the community reaction to this news. It is important to talk with each other and not at each other. Look forward to the updates.


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