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Bullis Charter School Votes to Grow 15 Percent

BCS voted 7-0 to add a Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades as an initial step.

The Bullis Charter School Board voted 7 to 0 Monday night to add a Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades for the 2012-13 school year, an addition that will be included in its Nov. 1 facilities request to the Los Altos School District.

In its directed its facilities committee to draft a larger plan to add another 6th through 8th grades, plus two more kindergartens for 2013-14 classes. The committee decided on a more modest scale. 

"Based on conversations that we had, simply adding K, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades will meet the demands of the community that continues to be on wait list and want to have same education," Medlin said.

It would add 15 percent, or 70 to 80 more students, she said.

BCS School Principal Wanny Hersey said the added classes would allow her to continue working on the things BCS was already doing, and "doing it at the speed that will keep the quality of the programs.

"If it's a good model it will allow us to do more things and keep the programs," she said.

Board committee member Andrea Eyring added that the smaller step "will allow us to see how this is working, and then we can consider adding another kindergarten the following year." There could be four Kindergartens in 2014-15.

Joan J. Strong October 31, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Jeni -- There is extensive discussion about K-12 education policy and how it relates to BCS here: http://www.facebook.com/groups/347812728589673/ . There's a lot of history and background on this site: http://bullisCharterScam.org/
Claudia Cruz October 31, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Jennnifer, just received a reply from BCS Board Member Anne Marie Gallagher: "It's premature to think about where we would put portables. First, we need to see what space LASD offers to BCS in its preliminary and final facilities offers, which are still to come."
Jeni October 31, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Thank you Joan....I did read the info on the website you suggested. But I'd love to know more about it without all of the technical terms/school board stuff. I'm in my 20s, not a teacher, and not a parent. I rent my home, so I don't know about things like property taxes going to schools, bonds, parcel taxes, school board laws, and charter agreements. I'm sorry...I understand that it's not complicated and everyone else seems to understand all of the language but it's confusing for me! It's like when I tried to explain to my mom how to tag someone in a photo on Facebook. Super easy to me (being in my 20s) and common sense with the lingo, but confusing for a woman in her 50s who is new to social networking. Similarly, everyone who's informed about the LASD v. BCS fight is a parent or teacher and most of you probably know about that stuff. Please enlighten me! Thank you. Feel free to send me a private message on my own "neighbor board."
Joan J. Strong November 01, 2012 at 10:05 AM
"Personally, I'm in favor of the nuclear option - litigate the equal funding issue and bring LASD to its knees. " -- Ron Haley, 10/31/2021 Ron is talking about nothing less than bankrupting our school district. Ron is closely associated with the BCS leadership and has collaborated with them on political campaigns, including the most recent one where he was involved in a smear campaign against those who could be considered going against BCS. Thus far everything Ron said the BCS board would do, they've done. BCS is on the verge of using their vast resources to get a puppet candidate elected for the LASD board. This is as real as it gets. The BCS board does not want to collaborate, they want to annihilate. ALL schools in our district are at risk here, not just the handful of campuses they targeted for closure.
Joan J Yawn November 01, 2012 at 03:23 PM
"I'm in favor of CA Prop 19 to legalize marijuana." -- David Cortright, 10/18/2010 Personally, I'd rather vote for Ron Haley, but he doesn't seem to be running for any office. http://www.kpao.org/2010/10/legalized-marijuana-means-more-tax-revenue.html

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