Tonight at the School Board meeting there will be an important discussion about the future of facilities in the Alameda Unified School District. Of course, I imagine one School Board member will insist that, given the current state of declared impasse by the teacher’s union, will insist that no discussion occur until such time that the contract impasse is resolved. More on contract-y number-y things tomorrow.
Why is this an important discussion to get involved it? Well, one it will be sort of the precursor to one of the bond type parcel tax-ly things. And it — hopefully — will decide the fate of the Historic Alameda High School, so yeah, it’s kind of a big deal. Of course, School Board member Mike McMahon has already been on the ball and sent out a survey asking folks what they think of some basic school capacity type issues that will be at the heart of the discussion, take it here to help add your input and better inform the conversation. Hopefully Mike McMahon will eventually share the results of the survey.
Here are two super important slides with some of the questions to be answered moving forward:
The hot button issues will, of course, be around the use for the Historic Alameda High School and how much money to put into the building depending on the decided use for the building. Of course the other big issues will be around whether or not to consolidate the two high schools and have one traditional mega high school to serve all of the Island or keep the current structure. Also given the declining enrollment at Wood Middle School and the creation of alternative Middle School options whether it makes sense keep Wood Middle School open. Perhaps what is needed is a larger Middle School campus more centralized to provide an option for students that don’t want to go the charter or alternative Middle School route.
Oh in other facilities related issues, remember when I mentioned the bit of back and forth between School Board member Trish Spencer and the Superintendent over the size of her office at the Historic Alameda High School vs her office at the new Challenger site? Well I finally got the square footage numbers and they are, drum roll please….
Office in Historic Alameda High School = 518 square feet.
Challenger office = 365 square feet.
I received those numbers from the School District, so if you don’t trust those then I suppose you can go measure yourself. The 518 square feet seems about right from the time I went down there to snap photos, I haven’t seen the Challenger offices yet…one day…so I haven’t seen it for myself.