Tonight, the School Board has some (possibly) controversial agenda items. First is the contract for the interim Superintendent. If I remember correctly there was some happiness expressed over at a certain Facebook page when he left his assistant Superintendent job but am too lazy to go back and try to find it. Given Sean McPhetridge’s credentials and history with AUSD, it should be an easy gimme vote. But nothing is ever easy or simple when it comes to this particular School Board, however what is clear is that Alameda USD needs someone to drive the ship in a capacity more than just as “acting.”
The second contentious issue will be something that is actually on the closed session agenda is that of the decision to move a teacher “involuntarily.” It says “teacher appeal” on the closed session, but the Facebook page in support of Brian Rodriguez has asked his supporters to come out and speak at tonight’s school board meeting. According to folks at ASTI, students have already been assigned Brian Rodriguez as a teacher so I’m not sure if the School Board will reverse the decision that has already been made.
And finally, there is some action on the cell phone towers at some schools sites. I’ve not really been actively following this particular issue, probably because it doesn’t affect the school site my kids are at. I’m a bit agnostic to the whole thing, bottom line is the cell tower will be removed (probably) and my only comment is that if you are cheering the cell phone towers going down, the next time you can’t get a signal on your cell phone, maybe cut the phone companies some slack. Just saying.
In non School related news, Pho Anh Dao and Bucket o’ Crawfish have finally opened up on Webster Street (near Atlantic). So I thought that it would be a hybrid restaurant where you could order crawfish and pho to the same table. Turns out, not so much. It’s two restaurants in the same space. You go into common “lobby” area and one way is Bucket o’Crawfish and the other way is Pho Anh Dao. We went to Pho Anh Dao which was pretty good. The menu isn’t fully blown out, there are no clay pot options yet, those options were covered with washi tape and it took me a while to figure out what was going on. The pho is sort of meh, but it might just be grand opening kinks. It’s clean though and that always bodes well. Excellent chicken wings and the bun thit nuong (noodles with grilled pork) is solid. Bucket o’ Crawfish was way busier though and looks like they have bibs for people to wear which is kinda cute.