The county Board of Education will decide on Nov. 19 if the school's educational programs are solid enough to expand. The campus, located at Egan Middle School in Los Altos, has 326 students. Board president Ken Moore said the expansion would bring the student population to around 470.
Under California law, the board of education cannot consider a district's finances or facilities when making its decision. The county makes decisions for charter schools, but the Los Altos School District must provide facilities, according to charter regulations.
The county held public hearings in October, and staff is providing an analysis for county board members.
The county Office of Education helped open the charter school in 2004 when LASD closed down Bullis-Purissima Elementary School, and Bullis and LASD have been debating school policies and jurisdiction ever since. The school's board of directors is now asking for more space to expand its academic programs, which members say are solid.
"Parental interest is demand," Bullis board president Ken Moore said. "There are parents who are happy with K-6 and would like to see the school expand."
LASD Superintendent Tim Justus did not return calls by press time, but county officials said the district was concerned about finances and space.
Moore said the petition has taken "a lot of work and a lot of volunteers." The charter school does not have any other stated plans for expansion in the near future.