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New School Open to Hills Students Living in PAUSD

Original post made by Neighbor, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Dec 5, 2007

The Palo Alto Daily News reported today that when the new Bullis Elementary School opens in Los Altos Hills, PAUSD elementary students who live on the Palo Alto side of the line in Los Altos Hills will be allowed to attend.

However, this offer from the Los Altos School District may come with a quid-pro-quo. As a former resident of Los Altos Hills I know that many parents on the Los Altos side of the line would like their high school students to attend Gunn High School.

Gunn High School is much closer for many of these LASD students than Los Altos High School. Gunn enjoys a very fine reputation amongst all Los Altos Hills residents from both sides of the line. I hope there will be space available at Gunn when these LASD students start applying for inter-district transfers.

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Posted by bikes2work
a resident of Santa Rita (Los Altos)
on Dec 6, 2007 at 12:54 pm

Quietly last week (through the Santa Clara County Board of Ed) Bullis Charter School (BCS) successfully amended their charter to give preference in enrollment to students in the former Bullis-Purissima attendance area.

Incredibly, this means that the sparsely-populated area of Los Altos Hills will now, in effect, have not ONE but TWO schools serving its needs above the rest of the LASD district.

This has many implications, one being that the numbers used by the LASD-hired demographer to predict the longevity of the various boundary scenarios will now be way off, since it predicted a substantial number of students in the Almond and Santa Rita attendance areas would attend BCS. (Many of these students will likely be shut out in the attendance lottery by their neighbors in the Hills.) You may recall, the boundary scenario the LASD board picked did not have the most longevity to begin with, and now it is destined to fail almost from the get go.

The LASD Board should just give the new Bullis-Purissama campus to BCS and stop punishing the rest of their constituents.

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Posted by OhlonePar
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Dec 7, 2007 at 2:41 am


I'd heard about some of the boundary shifting from a LA friend of mine whose kid is getting bumped to a school farther away. And now this, yeow.

The LASD board seems to have an almost adversarial relationship with its constituents. I mean when they closed Bullis in the first place why didn't they let the Bullis Charter families have it instead of a corner of the middle school?

It just seems more about brinksmanship than wise educational policy.

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