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March 25, 2014

Alphabet School: MFP, LCFF, PE

Filed under: Alameda, School — Tags: — Lauren Do @ 6:05 am

The Master Facilities Process for the Alameda Unified School District is slowly chugging along, at tonight’s School Board meeting there will be a presentation on where the architects are in the process after many public meetings at individual schools.  Personally it didn’t sound like these were all that well attended, but that’s not surprising given that it’s tough to get people out to these meetings.  The point of this agenda item is not to take any action, that will happen at an April meeting where the architects will present a draft process on how to proceed based on the three outlined priority plans.

If the School Board approves the process, then it will be taken to the Community meetings to get input.  It’s not clear if the architects along with MOF will have a list of projects in order of priority by the time the community meetings roll around, but given that the District is looking at placing a bond on November’s ballot I would imagine that everything is time sensitive at this point.


Also tonight will be a presentation on the new funding formulas moving forward.  It’s really just an explanation of the numbers that the School District is using based on what they do know.   This is not a budget, but simply a presentation on what the School District’s assumptions are because at this point they don’t have an exact number from the state as to how much AUSD will receive via Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) but what they do know is that it won’t be less than what we currently receive now.

As an aside, one of the School Board Members coughtrishspencercough voted against an update by AUSD staff about THIS year’s budget numbers.   As in they presented the numbers for what has already occurred and she voted against it because she disagreed with staff’s projections.

I had no words when I watched that.

And I ask myself why I am always shocked when Trish Spencer makes nonsense votes like that, I guess a small part of me always expects people to act rationally, so when they don’t, I am surprised.   I shouldn’t be, but I am forever the optimist.  I imagine that I will be surprised, once again, when she irrationally votes against something else for some nonsensical reason.

And finally, Board Member Barbara Kahn has a referral on the agenda:

Requesting Party: Member Kahn Agenda Item Title: Board Policy 6142.7 Physical Education Agenda Category: General Business and Action Item Description: Member Kahn asks that the Board consider changing its Physical Education (PE) policy so that PE would become an elective after the freshman year if the student is able to meet any one of the CDE; requirements. Currently students who are college bound must take a foreign language in their sophomore year and a PE requirement limits their potential to explore other areas that might be more in line with their career interest. Member Kahn believes that the purpose of the physical education requirement is to ensure that our students are physically fit. Two years of PE does not necessarily accomplish that, and the student who can demonstrate by passing the DE options that he/she is physically fit is more than likely to continue whatever their lifestyle pattern is that contributes to their physical fitness.

Which I think it a good idea.  I mean, I understand the need to have kids have a recreation time but I figure if there are some kids that would rather use their elective period to squeeze in a class like Spanish and they are already participating in some sort of sports after school, it really should count toward the requirement that they are “physically fit.”



  1. So a physical education class does not ensure physical fitness? I thought Michelle Obama was making a push for more physical fitness and health classes for this very out of shape/couch potato/social media obsessed generation? Has Kahn heard about that? Is this really about electives and ROP programs? if so, why is the District cutting these classes? Someone should tell Kahn. And why does the Board vote on a “projection?”

    Comment by commonsense — March 25, 2014 @ 6:32 am

  2. They didn’t vote on a projection, Trish Spencer used that as a rationale as to why she voted against accepting the second interim report.

    Comment by Lauren Do — March 25, 2014 @ 7:14 am

  3. All 9th graders take physical education. If ninth graders meet five out of six standards on the ninth-grade Physical Fitness Test, they have the option to request an exemption from a second year of physical education, if they participate in a inter scholastic sport for one year. However if they participate in club sports such as rowing they can not get an exemption. Member Kahn is asking the Board to place an agenda item for a future meeting that would extend the exemption to any ninth grader who passes the five out six standards on the ninth-grade Physical Fitness program, so they can take an elective of their choosing.

    Comment by Mike McMahon (@MikeMcMahonAUSD) — March 25, 2014 @ 7:26 am

  4. Hi Lauren,

    Here is the schedule for the Facilities Master Plan process over the next few months. [We refer to it as “FMP,” but I guess you could call it MFP, too :).]

    The architects have held almost 60 meetings at the individual school sites. Beginning in late April, the focus will be more on developing the plan for the entire district. The relevant meetings are:

    3/25: Board of Education meeting: Architects present suggested process for categorizing/prioritizing projects across the district (the individual school communities have already worked on prioritizing projects at their own sites)

    4/08: Board of Education meeting: Vote on suggested district-wide prioritization process

    4/21: Community-wide meeting #1 (AHS, 7 pm): The architects will talk about what they’ve discovered so far and present suggested site plans for comments
    4/24: Community-wide meeting #2 (EHS, 7 pm): The architects will talk about what they’ve discovered so far and present suggested site plans for comments

    [These two meetings are essentially the same — we’re just giving the public two times/places to attend]

    4/30: Community-wide meeting #3 (Lum, 7 pm):The architects will incorporate community feedback from the first two meetings into the plans, as well as take more public comment

    5/13: Board of Education meeting: Staff and architects present the draft Facilities Master Plan
    5/20: Special Board of Education meeting: Board members work on categorizing/prioritizing the projects in the plan (i.e., what’s most urgent? what can wait?)
    5/27: Board of Education meeting: Vote to approve final Facilities Master Plan

    Hope this helps!

    Comment by Susan Davis (sr manager, community affairs, AUSD) — March 25, 2014 @ 8:38 am

  5. 4)
    “The architects have held almost 60 meetings…”

    Just how many architects are involved in this entire process and how are their fees structured?

    Comment by Jack R — March 25, 2014 @ 9:28 am

  6. Some children come to school physically fit from family sports, outside sports participation, and good exercise habits. I think Barbara Kahn is saying that if a child is testing well for fitness, they should have the option of taking an elective rather than school P.E. Those who are not fit, per the testing results, would not have that option. Sounds pretty sensible to me.

    Comment by Kate Quick — March 25, 2014 @ 11:46 am

  7. And some kids come to school mentally fit due to family genes, outside learning participation and good study habits. I think that options to test and skip should fit the fitness of the brain as well as the body. what fits the jock should fit the geek.

    Comment by Jack R — March 25, 2014 @ 12:23 pm

  8. #5 — There are four primary architects working on the project and the fee structure is a flat fee.

    Comment by Susan Davis (sr manager, community affairs, AUSD) — March 25, 2014 @ 1:08 pm

  9. When I was in Junior High and High school PE wasn’t an option. One of our coaches in junior high, if we left a towel on the floor the whole class would have to do 100 push ups. I hated it but as I was uncoordinated and last picked for team play…but it was good for me. I hated taking showers in front of other kids but as much as I hated PE it was good for me. In junior high I was good at gymnastics, but the didn’t have in high school.

    Do our schools even have gym’s? In grade school we played softball an kickball…but because of the fences they are cut off from that. Because of PE I worked out most of my life. There should be any skips or exemptions. My mom make us go outside and play after school. Today they play games on TV or the internet or the teachers give them so much homework they don’t have time to do anything else. When I was in grade school the only homework we had was to study for spelling test which I usually flunked. But during recesses and PE kids learned how to socialize. Now they play on cement court instead of grass and carry a backpack full of homework. Take down the fences, let the kids play softball, soccer, kickball on the grass and run. 1 bad incident and everyone pays.

    Comment by Joe — March 25, 2014 @ 1:30 pm

  10. Kate if you can make sense out of what Barbara Kahn was saying regarding physical education at the meeting you are way ahead of the Class……. She kept referring to those students as ” Eggheads” ….. Maybe you have the Barbara Kahn dictionary and can clarify.

    Comment by What is a Egghead — March 25, 2014 @ 2:22 pm

  11. Egghead= someone smarter than Barbara Kahn?

    Comment by vigi — March 25, 2014 @ 7:51 pm

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