Merging high schools is a bad idea

 

Editor:
As a parent from Bay Farm Island, I think Alameda Unified School District’s (AUSD) proposal to merge high schools is a bad idea. To put it simply, this proposal lacks vision.

Property tax is the main revenue for the city. Alameda has top elementary and middle schools such as Bay Farm, Edison, Earhart and Lincoln schools.

But its high schools are so-so. That is why so many parents moved out of Alameda to areas where their kids can attend top public high schools. That is why Alameda’s property value increase is lagging behind!

Merging an okay high school (Alameda High School) with a marginal one will upset many more parents for sure. This will cause a big dent in the property values!

I think AUSD should come up with a different proposal to make Alameda High a top high school in California instead. For example: only residents east of Park Street can attend Alameda High. And charge tuition or a donation of $1,000 to $5,000 to help retain teachers and improve programs just for that school.

 

Steven Gu