Blogging Bayport Alameda

May 11, 2017

Equality opportunity

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:01 am


Yesterday there was a press release from the school district announcing that the School Board voted to approve the hiring of a new principal for Paden Elementary.  It’s not clear how long ago that process was started, but Ruby Bridges is in need of a principal for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year and yet was told that the search process for that position would not begin until the Lum issue was settled.

It would be a positive gesture for our neighborhood West End school if the District would at least put up a pretense of Ruby Bridges actually mattering and finding a solid leader for the school is of concern to the District.  I realize that the 500 students at Lum is all consuming for the District, but there are a lot of staff at the District office and apparently there was person power enough to finalize the process of putting in a principal in place for Paden next year.

In other, Ruby Bridges gets the shaft once again news, as I mentioned on Monday, Ruby Bridges was one of the few schools (with the exception of the two schools on Bay Farm) to not be allocated in the Lum students relocation plan any students actually from Lum.  Instead Ruby Bridges would take on 3 – 5 Moderate to Severe students from one school to complete the continuum at Ruby Bridges, and Ruby Bridges would be the landing zone for two Transitional Kindergarten classes from Haight.

Fortunately the question did come up during the question and answer section by two Board Members:

Let me just say that the distance based argument is really very weak.  If you google random intersections in the Lum attendance zone on the west side of the boundary, you’ll see that it’s actually closer to Ruby Bridges then it is to Edison where a selection of 4th and 5th graders will be sent.

I think if we’re looking for the simplest and — to borrow a term from Tony Daysog — elegant solution it would be to use as few schools as possible to house Lum students so that the community can stay mostly intact as much as possible.

And finally, I was reading somewhere where a parent insisted that if they would be forced to move out of Lum the only schools they would feel safe housing theirs students would be one story, open plan buildings with immediate exits for all students from all classrooms which meant — for her — only Earhart and Bay Farm.  I’m guessing that this parent has never seen Ruby Bridges:

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Which is precisely as open and as earthquake safe as any school can be in Alameda.  Anyway, as I mentioned before I don’t have a ton of stake in any of these decisions.  This will be my last year as Ruby Bridges parent.  Other than wanting my neighborhood school to thrive, it doesn’t matter if Lum stays open or if it closes.  But what’s important is that all schools are treated equally and — most important — equitably.  Sometimes it feels like that guiding principal is just a slogan and not something that is actively practiced in this School District.



  1. Someone doesn’t favor the two Bayfarm schools and forget about Ruby Bridges by accident.

    Comment by Retiredteacher — May 11, 2017 @ 6:48 am

    • Confusing comment … do you mean the Super?

      Comment by Ron Mooney — May 11, 2017 @ 8:37 am

  2. Lauren, Yeah but Ruby Bridges is in the “West End”.

    Comment by JohnP,trumpisnotmypresident. — May 11, 2017 @ 8:38 am

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