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April 24, 2014

Up for negotiation

Filed under: Alameda, School — Tags: , , — Lauren Do @ 6:04 am

The news of the ousting of seemingly popular head of the Nea Charter School, Maafi Gueye, has also brought attention on the lease between AUSD and CLCS (ACLC and Nea) about facilities for the next few years.   I don’t have much to add to the discussion about the administrative leave of Maafi Gueye only that it was a 7 to 1 vote in favor with 2 abstentions.  There seems to be a lot of support for Maafi Gueye but a fair amount of detractors as well.   Not really my issue since it’s not an AUSD thing and oversight is done by the CLCS’s Board of Directors who should be comprised of parents and facilitations/teachers at the schools.

Anyway, what is of interest to me is the fact that the CLCS Board, at that same meeting, went ahead and voted to approve the lease with AUSD to move both ACLC and Nea into the Woodstock school site.  I guess this means that negotiations went fairly well.  That was an unanimous vote by the way.  But let’s put a pin in that topic for a minute and move on to another MOU that was negotiated as part of this lease deal with AUSD.   As I pointed out a while back, the Woodstock site is next door to the Alameda Boys and Girls Club which generally has all their activity after school hours so during school it’s probably pretty empty and therefore could be a possible place for Nea and ACLC if there was some overflow needed particularly when it came to the “big room” concept.  CLCS worked out a really sweet deal with the Alameda Boys and Girls Club.  I mean, it’s a great deal and really a win – win for both organization since the Alameda Boys and Girls Club will get a little money and Nea/ACLC will get space to spread out even more.

The deal worked out is memorialized in this MOU and this it the nut meat:

  • To provide CLCS exclusive use of the gymnasium and art classroom, and access to rest rooms, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8:00am to 3:00pm, and Wednesdays from 8:00am to 12:30pm. during the School Year (“CLCS Use Time”).
  • To provide CLCS use of a shared office space during CLCS Use Time. CLCS will share this space with an adult college placement assistance program in the later afternoons, Mondays through Fridays. Any Tenant improvements required or requested by CLCS must be approved by BGC and will be at the expense of CLCS.
  • To provide the CLCS administrative staff and Physical Education facilitators with an alarm code and keys in order to gain access to the building during CLCS Use Time.
  • To provide CLCS access to the BGC wireless network for computer use.

All for the low low cost of $1000 per month.   Not too shabby for exclusive use of the gym from 8 – 3 p.m. on most days let alone all the rest of the add ons.  They’ll also have to pony up to pay to clean the gym twice a year at around $800 a pop.

Now the AUSD lease is a bit trickier but essentially gives CLCS the entire Woodstock campus for what looks to be the next three years or so 11 years.   So far I believe the only other tenant in that space will be the Home Sweet Home preschool which parents had asked to keep at the site regardless of who was given the Woodstock site in the future.

Because AUSD is giving CLCS the entire Woodstock campus and bypassing the whole annual  Prop 39 facilities request, they put into the lease certain conditions that must be met.   The big one is the portion that requires that Nea and ACLC’s enrollment collectively not dip 100 students below whatever the enrollment number is for 2014-2015 at “P-1.”   I’m not sure what precisely “P-1” is, but let’s just say it’s the first day of school or something like that.   So, if you are ACLC and Nea it might be best to have your P-1 2014-2015 track a little bit lower as opposed to going in with a super high number for P1 2014-2015 and then not being able to maintain that number.   Heck this bad press about the Maafi Gueye thing might actually be to the benefit of ACLC and Nea for the 2014-2015 year because if people do indeed pull their kids — and then change their minds after P1 2014-2015 passes — then CLCS has set a pretty low benchmark and should never dip 100 students below that number.

That item is important because if, for some reason, CLCS doesn’t meet that benchmark then AUSD can opt to reallocate a portion of the school to other programs since CLCS won’t be maxing out the space if they lose the equivalent of three to four classes.

The second requirement that also would trigger to reallocation of space because Prop 39 facilities requests generally only get allocated based on the number of in-district students that are being served.  So for example you can’t have 90% students from San Francisco and 10% from Alameda and expect to get a huge campus in Alameda.  So in order to make sure that Alameda resident students are being served there is another condition that requires that CLCS hit in-district student enrollment benchmarks that will rise every year for the next three years and then hold steady at 85%:

At least 75% in 2014-15, 80% in 2015-16, and 85% in 2016-17 and years after that of the enrolled students at the CLCS Charter Schools must be Alameda residents.

Based on the current CLCS numbers:

Total CLCS Enrollment = 863
Total out of district residents = 206
Total in district residents = 657
% Alameda Residents = 76.1%

They would have made the 2014-2015 benchmark with 1.1% to spare.

But if CLCS can meet these two benchmarks, which they probably will be able to, they will have a practically exclusive campus for their two programs alone (shared only with a super cute preschool) and access to the as good as new Alameda Boys and Girls facility to spread out.   I know that some of the ACLC families and students are keen on moving yet again, but this lease ensures a bit more longevity because of the longer lease and resource sharing between the two sister schools.

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3 Comments

  1. California is an at will employment state ,you can be terminated at any times with or without reason , only wish it would be applied more often in public sector .life is not a reality show ,forget the kardashians …….

    Comment by mijoka — April 24, 2014 @ 5:17 pm

  2. Makes sense that they’d be held to high Alameda enrollment expectations (goal of 85%). If they get the facilities from AUSD for such a deal, they should have to serve, primarily, kids who live in AUSD. It’s quite doable, so good for them for knowing they’ll likely be there for a while.

    Comment by stow lakde — April 25, 2014 @ 5:02 pm

  3. Wonder what went on with Maafi Gueye. On an unrelated note, that’s a great site for frisbee tossing.

    Comment by Sis Terimapo — April 26, 2014 @ 2:44 pm


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