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September 17, 2013

Master plans, not just for evil villains

Filed under: Alameda, Alameda Neighbors, School — Tags: — Lauren Do @ 6:07 am

Tonight the School Board is going to have a very special meeting to talk about what to do about the Master Facilities Plan. Because you all know that seven plus months just isn’t enough time to make decision on the Master Facilities Plan, we need more discussion! Yea!

Because the explanation of seven months ago wasn’t enough to sufficiently describe what a Master Facilities Plan is, essentially tonight’s meeting will be held (6:30 p.m. people at the Alameda High Cafeteria because there is a City Council meeting happening tonight)

Yesterday Mike McMahon sent out a link to his massive email list with this example of what Master Facilities Plan looks like (psst…AUSD doesn’t have something like this, pass it on)  That one is from Oakland, yes that Oakland. It looks like they have a School Board of like a million people yet they managed to get their act together to decide to commission a Master Facilities Plan.   Essentially what this Plan does is lay out all the assets of the school district, gives all the information and provides an amazing tool for the community, not the consultants, to decide the next steps for the School District when it comes to the facilities.

I know we don’t like to take a lot of lessons from outside the Island, but here’s a great visual on how Oakland went about this process:

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I hope our School Board members (and the public who will come out to speak) will take a minute to glance through the information provided at the link to see how thorough the process of creating these Master Facilities Plans are.    One really interesting slide in the Oakland Facilities Master Plan is the one of demographic data and the dramatic growth of Oakland students in charter schools although there are still over 35,000 kids in Oakland schools.

Another thing I found interesting about the Oakland Facilities Master Plan is that they actually prioritized removing portable buildings from some of their sites and adding permanent buildings.   Alameda has also relied on portables for quick space, but in the long run they tend to have lots of problems.   As I mentioned in some of my reviews of the old facilities plans, a lot of the fixes were for the portables.   If Alameda were to prioritize removal of these portables and replacement with permanent building some of those costs in the $92 million that was identified in the old facilities analysis would be eliminated.  But again, we don’t know the information for these because we haven’t even start gathering information to have a community discussion let alone make any decisions about these ideas.


  1. Plan on…but the bond issue won’t pass absent a very unlikely Obama economic miracle. And isn’t Project Pipeline a way to funnel untrained rookie teachers into classrooms to allow Districts to drastically reduce teacher costs? Oakland uses them extensively in Special Education positions as well as in struggling schools. You can imagine the chaos and low performance issues.

    Comment by commonsense — September 17, 2013 @ 6:33 am

  2. As it says “pipeline project” and not “Project Pipeline” I’m guessing that it’s some sort of construction terminology like “projects in the pipeline” rather than the credentialing system “Project Pipeline”

    Comment by Lauren Do — September 17, 2013 @ 7:33 am

  3. Lauren, am I wrong that these groovy tools and visuals were not put together by OUSD staff but by consultant ? (MK Think) at a cost.

    Comment by MI — September 17, 2013 @ 8:35 am

  4. Definitely a cost, looks like OUSD’s Master Facilities Plan cost just shy of $800K. Just to compare Alameda’s was pegged at around $300K

    Comment by Lauren Do — September 17, 2013 @ 8:39 am

  5. Oakland has 35,000 students and Alameda has 9,700 Students……

    If all things Equal we should be paying around 221K for Master Facilities Plan.

    Maybe we should first find out how to get Our Students Proficient in the Classroom and why we are Failing to motivate our Students .

    Why the Huge Growth in Charter Schools .

    If all the money from Measure A would have gone to the Students Directly and used for Technology and their Extra Curricular activities and not used for Raises for Administrators , Staff and Teachers maybe you might have built a case for Newer Facilities.

    Comment by Trying to Float a Lead Balloon — September 17, 2013 @ 9:45 am

  6. #5 – you can float a lead balloon:

    Comment by david burton — September 17, 2013 @ 10:31 am

  7. I’m Sure with enough helium a lot of things float….I’m not sure this is another Snickers Bar for the Kids.

    Comment by No Worry Just another Snickers Bar — September 17, 2013 @ 2:14 pm

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