We can make any school in Alameda good. Why not our local school?

I will be sending my second child through our neighborhood school: Will C. Wood Middle School because I believe in supporting my neighborhood school.

Neighborhood schools keep people out of cars. At neighborhood schools, kids strengthen ties to their neighbors — both adults and children — giving them a sense of place and connection to their community. And community that is created by neighborhood schools is a concrete civic asset that we should not undervalue.

Community Learning Center Schools (CLCS), the management organization for Nea and Alameda Community Learning Center public charter schools, has announced the permanent appointment of Annalisa Moore as lead facilitator or principal of Nea Community Learning Center. The CLCS board appointed Moore as the school’s interim lead facilitator in April 2014, following the departure of Maafi Gueye.

McPhetridge appointed on his birthday

Alameda Unified School District’s (AUSD) board of education voted on Tuesday, Feb. 10, to give Interim Superintendent Sean McPhetridge some birthday presents: a new contract and a shorter title.

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The Shakespeare Club of Encinal High School is hosting the second annual Citywide Shakespeare Monologue Competition at Encinal High School, 201 Central Ave., from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7. The club invites all high-school and middle-school students who live or attend school in Alameda to take part.

The club has modeled the contest after the Shakespeare monologue competitions in England. Students read, analyze and then perform the one- to two-minute monologues for a panel of judges, an audience of their peers and the general public.

At the regular meeting of the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) Board of Directors last week, the board announced the hiring of new Chief Human Resources Officer Timothy Erwin.

Starting full time Dec. 1, Erwin comes from the position of assistant superintendent of human resources for the Newark Unified School District where he has served since 2007.

Erwin holds a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from Holy Names University and a master’s in divinity from the Franciscan School