Bullis Considers School Configuration

Could BCS have two K-8 schools—one at Egan and one at Blach? The BCS Board of Directors convenes a daylong special meeting Friday morning which includes a 90-minute workshop to discuss school configuration and government affairs.


The Bullis Charter School Board of Directors is holding special daylong meeting Friday to tackle a number of topics, including school configuration.

The meeting, scheduled for 8:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., is located at 1661 Page Mill Road in Palo Alto.

The configuration question is one that is followed with great interest by parents at Egan Jr. High and Blach Intermediate School, which are the two campuses at which the Los Altos School District intends to offer facilities for 2013-14.

Egan Jr. High has been the campus that has shared most of its facilities with Bullis (BCS), even this school year, when the charter school was offered, but apparently did not use, space at Blach, too. At Monday night's Los Altos School Board meeting, with parents, staff and other principals showing their support, Egan principal Brenda Dyckman told the board she didn't think it was possible to find any more space on campus. The implication was that relief would have to come from other LASD campuses.

The BCS board is scheduled first to discuss school configuration and governmental affairs for 90 minutes. At 10:30 a.m. it is scheduled to go into executive session to discuss existing litigation with LASD and the performance evaluation of superintendent/principal Wanny Hersey. Then it will reconvene to open session at 12:15 p.m. to report out any action. The board has lunch from 12:15 to 1 p.m. At 1 p.m. after lunch, the board and Hersey will discuss governance, communication and stakeholder engagement.


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L.A. Chung January 18, 2013 at 10:44 PM
@Scott Kaufman, I used the words, "school configuration" because the agenda item said "School configuration," singular. Currently, there is a single school, whether it is spread across one or two campuses.
Fed Up Resident January 19, 2013 at 07:08 PM
When are the enrollment figure and full disclosure on student population from the Lawsuit School going to be made public. I have heard from many reliable sources that the Lawsuit School is actively recruiting students from Graham Middle School to attend the 7th and 8th grades. These are students who are NOT LASD school boundary children , yet are being packed into the campus at Egan in order to justify the Lawsuit Schools size projections and lack of local support for the 7th and 8th grades. The public deserves to know exactly what the heck is going on there and why the shroud of secrecy.
David January 19, 2013 at 10:28 PM
Hey Fed Up Resident, the fact that BCS filled out its 7-8 classes with non residents has been public info for a good while. That's how come they have 75 students in those grades and only 41 LASD residents. While LASD doesn't have to provide facilities specifically for the extra 34 students, it does apparently still pay the $5500 per year to BCS for each of them. The tactic of providing substandard facilities to discourage enrollment has backfired, in that the spaces were still filled and LASD still pays. There's no more recruiting; the students have been in school since August.
David January 19, 2013 at 10:57 PM
The way the facilities work is that out of district students don't increase school space provided to BCS by LASD. In November BCS prepares a forecast and a request for facilities for the following August. In this case, BCS expected 55 or so students in district for 7-8 grades. LASD countered that they'd only get 31 or so and set up a wierd facilities offering in a little isolated pod at Blach away from the rest of BCS. That scared away some of BCS's students so in the end they only got 41 in district students (still more than LASD said). But BCS is using parts of the space LASD provided for K-6 over at Egan to house its entire program. That's how bad was the space over at Blach, By LASD's own figures it was only 3/4 of what was needed for 41 students. LASD was trying to discourage BCS 6th grades from continuing on to 7th grade. They partially succeeded, but BCS admitted other students off the wait list to fill out the classes. It's not surprising.
Fed Up Resident January 21, 2013 at 12:14 AM
I am sure the Covington parents will be thrilled to give up their campus so that non district students can take their children's places. Am I missing something here , isn't this practice boarder on the ridiculous? Or worse, anarchy. Oh by the way homeowners in LASD, new buyers are becoming aware of the situation and starting to question whether they want to buy here and get involved. Hasn't affected demand yet, but......


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