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Sunnyvale Site To Be Discussed for 10th Campus?

Los Altos School District staff has asked trustees to consider Tuesday sending a letter of interest in the Raynor Activity Center, next to Raynor Park, and across from Full Circle Farm.

 

Assistant Superintendent Randy Kenyon will ask the Los Altos School District trustees to consider sending a letter of interest regarding an old school site in Sunnyvale.

The Raynor Activity Center, a former school that was sold by Santa Clara Unified School District to the city more than three decades ago, was approved for sale last May. By state law, it must first offer the property to public agencies before putting it on the open market.

The deadline for agencies to signal their interest is Dec. 11.

The center is across the street from the Full Circle Farm, which is also on Santa Clara school district land, two churches and the Sunnyvale Parents Pre-School.

Kyle December 13, 2012 at 05:35 PM
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SOS4LASD December 13, 2012 at 05:50 PM
To those that say this is "LASD's problem", anything LASD did years ago wouldn't have accommodated a 900 person campus. To those that think Sunnyvale is too far for BCS, where would they suggest to put a 900 student school? BCS has demanded the Covington campus but even the access to that campus is already overly impacted with the current school and it and neighboring schools capped at their size because of the access issues. Not to mention that BCS closing Covington will close a top school and destroy the community of the Cov children. BCS is choosing to grow to this size and demand a convenient large campus, regardless of the harm it does to others, assuming one really exists. Why does BCS want to grow to this size? Why can't BCS help propose a site other than demanding to close a current, loved, fully subscribed top performing neighborhood school? Why aren't BCS parents questioning the BCS board on why they are intending to grow dramatically larger than any other LASD school without a feasible and less harmful site in mind? BCS parents, when you chose BCS, were you assuming the current facilities or that you'd soon be closing someone else's school and taking their site or something else?
SOS4LASD December 13, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Would BCS parents support the Sunnyvale site as a better short term option to get a site now while we look for an ideal long term site? Perhaps LASD can lease the site? This would avoid closing a school which will surely not produce community peace and will avoid further need to spread BCS across multiple sites? If BCS would work with LASD to compromise for a short term and take the Sunnyvale site for the short term and support a bond and help find a better site (and agree to a size cap so that we know what we need as a solution), we have a real chance to solve this together as a community?
comment1320 December 13, 2012 at 11:13 PM
SOS$:ASD Would LASD be willing to continue to share the Egan campus, adjusted for BCS growth, while looking for a long term solution? Though that is not optimal for either BCS or Egan, it would seem more fair. Moving BCS to Sunnyvale (which is probably not legal in any case) would work to drive down enrollment to BCS and make it an exclusive school for those who can afford to spend 1.5 hours a day driving kids. Same for a 3 way campus split -- it would effectively prevent a large segment of working parents from BCS. Isn't that really what the LASD Board is doing? What I don't understand is why. The most affected schools would be Almond and Santa Rita which would have another 160 students . Parcel tax and Foundation money per student would decrease (unlikely displaced BCS parents would donate). And yes, the litigation would continue. How does that alternative help anyone?
Michael Uhler December 14, 2012 at 04:02 AM
Kyle, Special education funding for both BCS and LASD comes from a SELPA (Special Education Local Plan Area). The amount of funding is some amount per ENROLLED student, not per SPECIAL EDUCATION student and seems to average between $600 and $800 per enrolled student. So the institution is allocated a chunk of money which they then use to pay for special education services. If you have relatively fewer special education students relative to your population, the amount you have per special education student is higher. The cost of providing special education services is a function of the degree of need of each special education student. For example, it might cost relatively little to provide speech services vs. services to a child on the autism spectrum. In California, public schools are required to educate all students, including special education students. There are various studies which try to look at why charter schools have a lower population of special education students as compared to traditional public schools, and the same studies suggest that charter schools also serve special education students who require less intensive services. As an example, the GAO report is a pretty good analysis of this, and BCS is a good example of the conclusions reached in that report. This may not have answered your question, so please ask again if not.

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