Friday, February 1, 2013

BCS Preliminary Facilities Offer Delivered

2013-14 Facilities Process

After a great deal of work and voluminous public input, we've presented the 2013-14 Preliminary Facilities Offer for Bullis Charter School.

This is part of the annual Prop 39 cycle, although this year we have made a conscious effort to ensure the process is as public as possible.  Including the meeting we added this past Wednesday, we took public input at 7 different meetings, including facilitated sessions and broad public commentary.  I am grateful to everyone who came out to share their thoughts with us.

Broadly speaking, BCS is split across 2 campuses: Egan and Blach.  At Egan, they have about 40% of the students on that site, and they have about 40% of the land also.  At Blach, they have 20% of the students and 20% of the land, but they also have further impact to Blach in the form of shared access to the specialized teaching space.

Given what this is, there's no way to please everyone.  Some will think we've offered too much, and others will say we haven't accommodated enough.  That's the job of the trustees- to weigh the input, and balance the needs of all students.  I believe we've done a good job of meeting that goal.

I look forward to receiving feedback from BCS, and to considering that feedback in the preparation of the final offer. 

Nov 1
BCS submits request for facilities, incl. enrollment forecast and preferred location.
Dec 1
LASD provides counter-projection to enrollment
Jan 1
BCS responds to counter-projection
Feb 1
LASD provides preliminary facilities offer (draft)
Mar 1
BCS responds to draft offer

April 1
LASD provides final facilities offer

July 1
LASD adjusts classroom space based on final district budget for upcoming school year
(Note:  This is a negotiated step, not part of the Prop 39 process)

Note:  I'm note sure why, but Google Docs has trouble dealing with the latest Jan 1 letter from BCS.  It won't show it in preview mode, but it is possible to download the document locally and read it.