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LASD makes Bullis an offer on new facilities
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on Feb 10, 2010
The Los Altos School District is waiting for a response from Bullis Charter School leaders regarding its offer for next year's classroom facilities, which was approved by trustees at the end of January.
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posted Wednesday, February 10, 2010, 11:34 AM
Posted by parent-at-large
a resident of another community
on Feb 12, 2010 at 12:28 pm
The extra funds provided by parents at Bullis Charter ($4K/child this year on average) supplement the $7K provided by the state. Otherwise the school could not afford a full-time, onsite art, music, and environmental science teacher. Not to mention a drama teacher, after-school drama program, during school co-curriculars (electives, these are free), after school extra-curriculars (these are free), field trips (there is a charge but they are subsidized should a family be unable to pay), assemblies (free--Wild Cats, BMX bikes, Karate, robotics, to name a few).
The funding model works, and without reforming Prop 13, it is the ONLY one that will in California. It is the same one used by Los Altos Education Foundation--donate your suggested $800/student/year to get art, music, and tech at the lower grades and tech and smaller classes in Jr. high. Otherwise all the schools would be left at Alabama level funding. This would pay for 12 teachers, a half a secretary, and a principal.
The irony of many peoples' critique is that they say, "I'm not gonna be taken for a ride and pay that!!", however, it is a tax-deductible amount. $4K is really $2.5, and $800 is really about $500 for most people. FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR FOLKS! For teachers, art supplies, field trips, etc. For a well-rounded, top-notch education, whether you choose BCS or LASD. The point is, if we all stop contributing and those schools fail, those SAME parents who whine about donating will turn to the private schools and beg to have their kids admitted. Well, I got news for you folks! Pinewood takes about 30 kids/year in only a few grades and charges $30,000 not a penny of which is tax-deductible.
Let's work with what we've got and DONATE to the best of our ability to the MV-Whisman Ed. Foundation, LAEF, or Bullis-Purissima Charter. IT WORKS! This ensures our childrens' future. Without it they will be using 10 year old textbooks, have no aides, huge classes, etc. In fact, Los Altos schools can avoid larger class sizes if the parents start making NOISE and tell the Foundation they are willing to GIVE To make up the difference! Go to a School Board meeting and ask Tim Justice, how much will it cost?? How can we get our aides back and afford to keep class sizes small? I'm willing to be that even on a 5 figure salary, most parents in LASD can come up with a couple hundred bucks a year (times 4,000 kids) to help up the ante. Otherwise everyone will be vying for those 30 Pinewood spots and the kids will suffer, our economy will suffer, and you parents drinking $6 lattes will be VERY sorry you didn't step up to the plate and meet your obligations. The state is broke, folks, it has to come from us.