The Bullis Charter School board has discussed significantly increasing enrollment at their school from about 500 now to 900-1200. Sadly, they have been acting as if the decision is theirs alone to make. And what makes things worse is that county board trustee Grace Mah—who was in attendance at the meeting—did nothing to communicate to the BCS board the proper procedure for implementing such a drastic change of plan. Remember that the current BCS petition was approved just one year ago, and there is nothing in there about growing enrollment so drastically. In fact a year ago, BCS board president Ken Moore said that the target enrollment for BCS was 585-615.
Thankfully Dr. De La Torre—the new county superintendent—understands the implications of such growth. When a member of the Los Altos community reached out to him, here's how he responded:
If BCS intends to pursue what you have described [increasing enrollment by 50-100%], they would certainly be required to either submit a material revision to their original charter or submit a petition for a new charter. Either way, the process would require that a public hearing be held to solicit input from all parties interested and/or effected by the proposal. We will monitor this situation closely on behalf of the community and the county.
I highly encourage others who are concerned not only about Bullis' plans to grow, but also their attitude that this decision can be made unilaterally, to contact the county office of education and voice your concerns.