The Los Altos School District is soliciting public input on how to use a future campus in Mountain View and long-term plans for housing Bullis Charter School at a meeting Saturday, Oct. 5.
The district will be hosting the charrette in Egan Junior High School's multipurpose room, located at 100 W. Portola Ave. in Los Altos, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The event is part of a larger effort by the district's board of trustees to gauge community support on where to place the charter school, which has been a contentious topic for more than a decade.
In April, members of the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees and the Bullis Charter School Board of Directors jointly announced a 10-year deal that would relocate Egan Junior High School to a yet-to-be-built campus at the corner of California Street and Showers Drive in Mountain View. Under the terms of the agreement, Bullis Charter School would then be granted a majority of the Egan site and increase its enrollment to 1,111 students.
The deal was largely seen by trustees as a compromise: Bullis would voluntarily cap its enrollment growth for 10 years in exchange for a consolidated school site with permanent facilities. The charter school is currently housed in portable classrooms split between the Egan and Blach Intermediate School campuses in Los Altos.
But community members -- particularly residents living near Egan -- blasted the idea at the time, calling it a major concession to the charter school that amounts to closing a school. Los Altos school board members ultimately tabled the idea, citing a need for more community buy-in.
The charrettes are the start of the community feedback process, which is expected to last several months and includes two workshop sessions next month. A trove of information, mostly historical context and past ideas for housing Bullis Charter School, is available online.
District officials say the first charette, held at Blach on Sept. 25, lacked representation from Mountain View residents living within the district. Close to one-fourth of all students in the Los Altos district live in Mountain View, primarily in the San Antonio area of the city.