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The Alameda Sun received a copy of this letter addressed to the members of the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) board of trustees.

Dear Board Members:
I’m writing to express a concern of mine that affects many teachers.  I know you are aware that teachers never have enough planning time. Many of us use time during breaks to work in our rooms. I just received a Smartboard last week and am receiving training for it on June 25. I was looking forward to trying what I learned following the training and create curriculum for my students.

I checked with several principals and they all had the same thing to say. At the principal’s meeting they were told by Superintendent Kirsten Vital that all teachers were to turn in their keys and could not get into their classrooms until the end of August because teachers disrupt the custodians and cleaning. 

This is the first time in my 21 years in this district that this has happened. I really believe that teachers and custodians can work together, we do all year long.

Since custodians now rotate from school to school for summer cleaning, it seems that teachers should be allowed in before and after their school is cleaned.

I hope you can look into this matter and find a solution. With Common Core and other new curriculum, most of us would love and need time to plan in our rooms.

— Debby Meyer


Just read the article (“Illegal Anchor Outs Return,” May 29) and would like to respond. I am so frustrated with the illegal anchor outs. 

When the houseboat first anchored on the Oakland side of the Estuary between the Fruitvale and High Street bridges, my neighbors and I started calling all the authorities.

The Coast Guard came many times, but did nothing. The police came and did nothing. Everyone who came did nothing. Then he sunk and still no one has done anything. 

Your article said the boat is abandoned. It is not abandoned. The guy is now living under the pier, collecting garbage and tying big ropes to the pier to try to bring it up from the bottom. The garbage grows; the mess grows and still no one does anything about it. 

Although I hate sarcasm, I sarcastically have to say, “what a wonderful view from our beautiful Bay Trail.”

— Joy Davis


Many thanks to those individuals and groups who have contributed to the Midway Shelter for abused women and their children during the month of May. A number of the listed donors have contributed several times last month. There were two anonymous donors in May. 

The shelter tips its hat to Betty Sanderson, Karin Jensen, Barbara Anderson and Virginia Krutilek. Isle City Institute #51 YLI gave generously as did Portia Albee, Maxine, Fred Lovell and Richard and Susan Osanna. 

Lois Pryor, Rich and Susan Sherratt, Mary Butler, Barbara Capon, Dick and Jean Spees all opened their hearts and their pocketbooks. Guy Mayes and Nancy Issel-Mayes donated to the shelter in May as did John and Andrea Medulan, Virginia and David Miller, James Stehr and Cynthia and Lynn Withrow-Jones, Bridget Gulseth sent a generous gift. She joined Andrew and Meghan Thornton, Douglas J. Skinner, Kathleen Paget, Virginia Neuhoff and Louis Toepfer, who also gave to the shelter last month.

The Students of St. Joseph Notre Dame High School sent in a gift. Camilla Whyte, Cheryl Filar, Harlyn Trayne and Dianne Richmond also helped support the shelter. Marian Williams sent in a donation, as did Barbara Gibson, Sam and Helen Sause, John and Maggie Maiers, Sothera Sang and Paula Patillo-Dupree, Christine M. Price joined Richard and Dale Price in giving in Robert Price’s name. In closing, the shelter would like to thank Susan Wainright, Ronald and Evelyn Coffman, Joyce and David Denyven, Mark Fraser, Alice Garvin, Suzanne Martin, Karen McCloud and Harlan and Ann Richter. 

 If you’d like to join this list of generous people, send a donation to Alameda Homeless Network, P.O. Box 951, Alameda, CA 94501. To learn more, call 523-2377 or visit www.midwayshelter.org.

— Ginny Krutilek