After a marathon mediation meeting that ended at 4 a.m., the Los Altos School District and Bullis Charter School last night both voted unanimously to approve the five-year agreement between the school district and the charter school -- ending years of litigation and millions of dollars spent in legal fees.
At the July 28 special meeting, Los Altos School District board members said they were able to hammer out the final details of the agreement in the early morning hours prior to the meeting. Board president Tamara Logan said there were some tweaks to the language of the agreement, including a change to some enrollment numbers, but nothing major. Board members voted to approve the agreement 5-0.
Logan said the Bullis Charter School board voted 7-0 to approve the agreement at around 11:32 p.m. last night after a lengthy closed session meeting.
"I'm relieved and excited," said district board member Doug Smith. "I think the agreement gives us a great tailwind going into discussions about the bond."
During public comments prior to the decision, LASD parent Sangeeth Peruri said he was grateful that the board spent so much time and effort to get the agreement done in time for the meeting.
"I want to thank the board for all their hard work," Peruri said. "I'm hopeful that both boards will approve the agreement."
The five-year agreement, announced early this month, will end all litigation between the the district and the charter school, end disputes over enrollment numbers and open up new space at Blach for Bullis Charter School. The agreement will also replace the piecemeal facility use agreements that had caused contention between the two parties every year.
Both Bullis Charter School and Los Altos School District say they have spent millions in legal fees over the decade-long disputes over school facilities.