Bullis Charter Petition


link to the presentation given to MVWSD by Bullis, Oct. 3, 2018
A link to the Bullis petition to MVWSD

A link to the Bullis Request for Proposition 39 Facilities for the 2019-20 School Year 

From the Superintendent:

Dr. Ayindé Rudolph

Nov 6, 2018

Bullis Charter School update: Answering questions about enrollment

A question came up at last week’s Board of Trustees meeting about how the District’s enrollment process this spring might differ with the introduction of a charter school opening this fall.

In short, we don’t know yet. Until Bullis provides its timeline for enrollment we are in limbo and it is difficult for us to plan for staffing and facilities for next year, especially at our impacted schools.  Once Bullis communicates the timeline, we can be more specific about how our charter transfer process would work.

There are two processes happening simultaneously.

  1. Bullis has submitted a Prop. 39 facilities request to house 168 students in the fall on one of our campuses. For planning purposes, we are using the numbers of students (144) that Bullis listed on the intent to enroll forms.  Because Bullis has not provided us with their timeline for enrollment but have stated that they plan to enroll 168 students in their first year, we have to assume for Prop. 39 facilities planning purposes, that all of these 144 students will be accepted at Bullis. Thus, for this planning, we will not be counting students as both enrolled in MVWSD and Bullis.
  2. The District’s open enrollment period begins Jan. 7, and parents will confirm their intent to enroll at this time. No student will be disenrolled from MVWSD because they intend to enroll elsewhere. However, it is important that parents understand as they are considering their options for next year that placement in neighborhood schools and choice schools has always been subject to our enrollment numbers, and our first commitment is to our currently enrolled students. If parents disenroll their student to go outside MVWSD, it is likely they will not be able to re-enter their MVWSD choice or impacted neighborhood school in the same school year. They'd have to wait until the next year's open enrollment process. This is not a new approach.


As I have stated to parents, ultimately the educational decisions that you make for your kids are personal and I respect those, regardless of the the impact on the District. It’s important that you have all the information you need to make an informed decision. I will do my part to continue to communicate about this process as it unfolds.

Nov. 1, 2018

Bullis Charter School update: Petition to be received today

Tonight, the Board will officially receive a petition from Bullis Charter School requesting that a charter be granted for a school in the district in 2019-20. I will be presenting the process and timeline during the Board of Trustees meeting today at 7 p.m. in the Graham MUR.

To preview my presentation about the timeline and process, click here.


Timeline (set by law):

  • December 6, 7 pm in the Graham MUR : Public Hearing about the charter petition. It’s expected that representatives from Bullis will speak. There will also be time for members of the public to weigh in on the petition. Please plan to attend this meeting.
  • December 20 or January 10: Board will vote whether to authorize the charter.


Oct. 18, 2018

Bullis Charter School update: Petition has been received

MVWSD has received the Bullis Charter School’s petition to open a school in the District in 2019-20.

To view the Bullis petition, click here.

The process for charter petition review by the Board includes a public hearing and a decision by the Board. These actions are held at separate board meetings. There is a timeline set by law – the public hearing is to be held within 30 days of the Board’s receipt of the charter petition and the decision on whether to grant or deny the charter petition is to be made within 60 days of the Board’s receipt. Receipt by the Board means that the charter petition is put on a Board meeting agenda and the charter petition documents are then received by the Board at that meeting. Once the Board has officially received the charter petition, the 30/60 day timeline is triggered.


It is anticipated that the Board of Trustees will formally receive the petition at the Board’s November 1 meeting, starting the timing for the 30 days in which a public hearing is required.

MVWSD would be required by law to give a charter school classroom and office space, as well as share multi-use room and play areas. These requirements would have a significant impact on a school’s campus. To read more about the impact a charter school could have on MVWSD, click here.

From the Superintendent:

Dr. Ayindé Rudolph

Bullis Charter School update: Presentation

Last week, I reported on the October 3 informational meeting District staff had with Bullis Charter School about the recent announcement of its intent to open an additional school in Mountain View in 2019-20 that would serve low-income students and the direct questions we asked about how Bullis would serve all students.


Here is a:
A link to the presentation given to MVWSD by Bullis, Oct. 3, 2018
link to the Bullis petition to MVWSD.

Any charter school in MVWSD will reduce resources allocated for MVWSD, which will have an impact on our schools.


Facilities: Pending final placement, MVWSD would be required by law to give a charter school classroom and office space, as well as share multi-use room and play areas. These requirements would have a significant impact on a school’s campus.


Staffing: A charter school opening with 168 students, and a projected growth to 320 students after 3 years, could mean a reduction in force of seven classroom teachers from MVWSD in the first year. This staffing reduction could also affect, central office staff, ancillary support services (maintenance, custodial, grounds), School Engagement Facilitators,  RTI teachers, at-risk supervisors, coaches and other positions which are determined by a ratio/student numbers.


Budget: Since public funding would go to the charter school for the MVWSD students who are enrolled there, a charter school opening with 168 students could mean a reduction of approximately $2 million from the District's budget, not including federal and state program funding. While some savings would be realized through a reduction in staffing, other costs carry forward such as custodians, cafeteria servers, school nurses and utilities and maintenance.

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