Bullis Charter School officials have filed a lawsuit against the Los Altos School District for not providing the school with adequate facilities, which they say is required by law.
The lawsuit, filed June 10, capped off a series of letters between the two parties after they failed to reach an agreement over Bullis expansion plans.
The charter school's board of directors had asked the district for more space to expand its academic programs, and in November the county allowed the school to add seventh and eighth grades.
But according to Bullis board president Ken Moore, the charter school has not been able to add these grades because LASD has not provided proper facilities.
"We have to get to the end of going back and forth without any response," Moore said. "We need a clear common framework where both sides understand the law."
Moore said the lawsuit will ensure that LASD comply with the law and provide facilities and field space for Bullis. He said he also wants the charter school and district to have a "common framework."
On June 2, Bullis' lawyer sent a letter to the Los Altos School District saying they must respond by June 9 or else the charter school would file a lawsuit.
The district's attorney, John Yeh, responded by letter on June 9, saying "There is no indication that [Bullis is actually intending to add 7th grade for the 2009-2010 school year."
Later in the letter, Yeh disputes the charter school's interpretation of Proposition 39, a measure passed by California voters in 2000 requiring that facilities be provided to charter schools. He says Bullis' suit "amounts to nothing more than an attempt to game the Proposition 39 regulations to squeeze an additional allocation of space from the district." After receiving the letter, Bullis filed a lawsuit on June 10.
District representatives have not returned calls from the Voice.
"For five years we have been unable to bridge the divide between Bullis and the district," Bullis administrators wrote on their Web site. "At this point the only way to move forward in a positive manner is to seek a common set of facts between the district and our school around the meaning of key provisions of Proposition 39."
The fights between Bullis and the district date back to 2004, when the County Office of Education helped open the charter school after LASD closed down Bullis-Purissima Elementary School in Los Altos Hills. The Bullis and LASD communities have been debating school policies and jurisdiction ever since.