Despite steep state budget cuts, the high schools will continue to offer certain academic programs to students, such as career and college counseling and tutoring, thanks to $700,000 in donations from community members and parents.
The MVLA Foundation, which raises money from local residents for Mountain View, Los Altos, Alta Vista and Freestyle high schools, granted the money to the district during a special event on May 6. The donation comes as the district expects the state to cut up to $2 million from its budget.
Half of this donation will go "toward reducing class sizes, instructional technologies and online access to grades and assignments," according to a foundation press release. The remainder will fund tutorial centers, libraries and college and career preparation programs.
Every year, MVLA Foundation volunteers send letters to parents and other community members asking for support for the district. This year the foundation requested a donation of $700 per student to meet the goal of $700,000. Foundation members say they hope to raise the same amount next year.
"We are thrilled to meet our financial commitment to the district despite the current economic downturn," foundation president Cindy Anderson said in a press release. "I feel lucky to live in a community that recognizes the importance of helping kids succeed in high school and beyond."