School consolidation must be considered

Alameda Community:
I have lived in Alameda for 25 years, and am a 19-year veteran teacher who has served at Lincoln Middle and Encinal High schools. My son is a student at Encinal. 

I am proud to tell you that the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) honored me as the 2017-18 Teacher of the Year, and that Alameda County followed suit. The United Nations also tapped me as its 2017-18 Global Citizen of the Year. 

I am respectfully responding to three letters recently published in the Alameda Sun regarding the potential consolidation of Alameda and Encinal high schools.  (“Merging high schools a bad idea,” July 26; “Merging schools adds to congestion,” Aug. 2; “Don’t let the kids lose out,” Aug. 2).

While I respect their opinions, I urge the letter writers and the entire community to avoid jumping to conclusions until they have all the facts. In the coming months, AUSD personnel and teachers will be conducting public forums so that we can provide factual information in order to make educated decisions for all the students AUSD serves. 

There are many positive reasons to consider consolidation that are too lengthy to outline in a simple letter to the editor. I highly encourage everyone to be a part of the public discourse. I look forward to working with the entire community collaboratively to address the needs of our kids. These could begin with the merger of the two high schools. Be a part of the 
conversation.

 

Kevin Gorham

The Alameda Sun received a copy of this letter.