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January 27, 2015

Shuffle up and deal

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

Sigh, I totally wanted to write about the School Board appointee process, but wanted to make sure to highlight this on the School Board agenda tonight.

First of the Bond Measure improvements are up for School Board approval after an error in the last presentation at the January 13 School Board meeting.

The other big facilities related presentation has  to do with the Prop 39 request for the Academy of Alameda Middle and Elementary School programs.  As a reminder, the Academy of Alameda is launching a new elementary school for next school year and is now in the process of seeking space for its program under the auspices of Prop 39.   There are only a few options for the new program, the Middle School program will likely remain where it is currently located at the old Chipman site, but the Elementary school needs space and given the fact that there is not a whole lot of extra space left out there, there are not great options available.

 Here are the relevant slides with the options and the impacts:

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I think the Haight school option is definitely the worse of the two, but shuffling the Adult School around for a third time seems also pretty unfair.   This is definitely rock and a hard place territory for the School Board.  This will not be an easy decision for them to make.



  1. From the perspective of this observer, it seems that the continuous game of “musical chairs” needs to stop in order to provide some stability to students, parents, and staff. It cannot be a good thing to be continually uprooting our students and teachers.

    I do not like the idea that Haight Elementary would have to de facto reduce the quality of services offered to its students who need special attention and assistance. How can this reduction of space possibly improve their education?

    Perhaps AUSD should slow down the game of “musical chairs” until the new facilities we just authorized can actually be built…

    Comment by Jon Spangler — January 27, 2015 @ 7:04 am

  2. Jon, do you think bond money will magically remove the musical chairs problem? I do not have a good handle on which campuses have what capacity or need, but it seems intuitive that if we consolidate high schools we will have huge musical chair issue no matter where the campus, unless it is at the Point which is not a good logistical location for commute and traffic. Catch-22. I hope candidates for appointment are asked to answer questions about this. Personality conflicts aside, I have maximum confidence in Mike McMahon’s skill set when it comes to the juggling act involved in this decision.

    Comment by MI — January 27, 2015 @ 8:02 am

  3. Jon, you said, “Perhaps AUSD should slow down the game of “musical chairs” until the new facilities we just authorized can actually be built….”
    What new facilities? The bond only covers repairs and improvements. Perhaps some portables, but no new facilities have been authorized. There is no option of slowing down when space is needed and limited.

    Comment by DSmith — January 27, 2015 @ 9:41 am

  4. 2. I should clarify that I realize Mike is out of the running, just saying that besides what some people struggled with in terms of his manner or style ( sometimes I was among them), I totally appreciated the skill set he brought to the board and his web site was an amazingly well maintained tool which allowed easy access for those of us who are either overwhelmed by other stuff or less adept at accessing and staying current on school issues. Thanks Mike for all your time and effort.

    Comment by MI — January 27, 2015 @ 6:05 pm

  5. Here is some background info on why the District needs to make an offer to a charter school for space.

    Comment by Mike McMahon (@MikeMcMahonAUSD) — January 27, 2015 @ 7:12 pm

  6. Interesting board meeting. They end up going into closed session to “discuss litigation exposure” before coming back to approve (4-1 vote, Kahn voting no) an option to open AofA elementary school at Chipman site.

    Comment by Mike McMahon (@MikeMcMahonAUSD) — January 27, 2015 @ 10:36 pm

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