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November 8, 2021

Setting boundaries

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:08 am

Tomorrow night, the School Board will be considering a recommendation to change middle school boundaries and make Junior Jets a non open enrollment school and, instead, serve as a neighborhood middle school for the West End.

From the staff report:

On October 26th staff presented a proposal to the Board of Education to create a new boundary for Encinal Jr./Sr. High School. Currently the Encinal middle school program (Jr. Jets) enrolls students exclusively through an open enrollment process.

The disadvantages of this process are:

  • Some of our most underserved populations reside on the west end.

  • The process of open enrollment does not allow students to attend a district middle school closest to their residence.

  • Families that do not navigate the open enrollment process attend Wood MS which leads to transportation issues and attendance challenges. (Two buses are needed to get to Wood from some neighborhoods in the west end)

With the remodel of Encinal, there is space to allow for the middle school program to withstand a boundary change, with a guarantee of attendance to all students who live within the school zone. The remodel created a building for the middle school program with designated outdoor space for 6th – 8th grade students.

I realize this is only possible because of the remodeling of Encinal, but this is a long overdue move. If families miss (or are unaware of) the open enrollment process for Junior Jets or, as in the past, there have been waitlists and limits on the enrollment some of the most under-served families may have no other option but to schlep their kids to Wood. Or they’ll elect to chose one of the many charter school option on the West End which are close than their “neighborhood” middle school.

The proposed boundaries:

If the School Board approved these changes, Alameda will have a new neighborhood middle school for the 2022-2023 school year.


  1. Attendance and enrollment must be way down. Encinal fired its Black principal at the beginning of the year who the Superintendent had handpicked from Berkeley. Perhaps unstable leadership and Ca. plan to eliminate advanced math classes are not such good ideas when combined with a vax mandate? Since your kids go there, what’s your insight?

    Hey speaking of missing, where’s Gov. Newsom? No public appearances in 11 days, after he cancelled his trip leading the 23 member California delegation to Glasgow, Scotland for the climate change conference. He even cancelled a video appearance. Lots of speculation it had to do with a bad reaction to the Covid booster shot he got right before he was scheduled to leave but rumors now circulating about another affair with a staffer. His office has cited “family issues.”

    Comment by Observer — November 8, 2021 @ 8:01 am

    • Carmen Reid, or Apple Strudel, or whatever alias you go with these days. Are you an anti-vaxxer? Inquiring voters would like to know.

      Comment by Peach Cobbler — November 8, 2021 @ 8:56 am

      • I don’t know about observer being an anti-vaxxer, I’m more inclined to think, “batshit-crazy”

        Comment by John P. — November 8, 2021 @ 11:42 am

      • Oh come on now! I may be obtuse and not always the sharpest knife in the drawer, but my brand of evil is banal and polite, at least in public forums thankyouverymuch.

        Comment by Commissioner A. Strudel — November 9, 2021 @ 9:08 am

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