The battle over Bullis Charter School appears to be over -- at least tentatively. After ducking out of the public eye for a series of private mediation sessions, officials from the Los Altos School District and the local charter school have come to a compromise that will give Bullis an existing campus in the district, according to a joint press release from the two educational organizations.
Both Bullis and LASD have agreed to jointly back a bond measure proposed for the November ballot, the statement said. Bullis will get a campus in the 2013-14 school year if the bond passes and in the 2014-15 school year if the bond fails.
According to the release, BCS will be provided one of four schools -- Almond, Gardner Bullis, Santa Rita or Covington -- should the bond pass. In addition, if the measure is approved, the district will build a new campus for the students that are displaced when BCS gets its campus. While the new school is being built, displaced students will be spread throughout the district.
If the measure is not approved, Bullis would have to wait a year before getting one of the district's campuses. In this scenario, "LASD would likely consolidate its students on existing facilities while seeking passage of a new bond measure in 2014." It is not clear whether Bullis would be obligated to support that bond.
Bullis has agreed to stay on its current site at Egan Junior High School until one of the two scenarios unfolds.
At this time, many of the details have not been worked out, but both organizations exchanged amicable words in the joint press release.