Let’s build a whole new high school

Editor:

I was glad to hear that two Board of Education members said they would not support the new bond for school repairs to the two old and inadequate high schools in our city. I’m a life-long resident of Alameda and attended our public schools. I have voted for every school bond brought up to the voters in the past but I will never vote for a new bond that will pour good money down the rat hole that is Old Alameda High (OAH). 

You can dump $50, $80 or $100 million into OAH and it will still be an inadequate campus needed for a modern facility. What I believe has to happen is that we need to build one brand new state-of-the- art high school. The children of Alameda deserve nothing less. 

The new school could be built at the Wood/Lum school site. The site is large enough to meet the state’s requirements for the number of students the new school would support. We could build the new school for $200 million. That is less than the total the board says it needs to upgrade our schools. The site is in the middle of the city so location is not an issue. 

When we build the new school it will be something the entire city will unite behind and be proud of. Encinal High School (EHS) could be remodeled into a K-8 campus that would serve the West End or EHS could be sold to develop new houses. What a beautiful place it would be to live. 

OAH could also be sold to developers and/or turned into a city center-type location. We could keep the new gym, swimming pool and the Kofman and level the rest. I have talked to a lot of people that attended both Alameda and Encinal high schools and they all say that they support this idea. 
 

— Don K. Peterson