Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) Superintendent Kirsten Vital will be leaving Alameda to take the reins of the Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD). Vital’s new employer announced that its school board settled on Vital on Saturday, June 14. The Capistrano Dispatch reports that the CUSD undertook a national search but replaced those search firms last month to focus on California candidates.
It is unbelievable to me how quickly this year has passed — and what an amazingly full year we have had. Once again, our district, our schools, our teachers and our students have accomplished so much. I am delighted with our district’s very steady progress and our community’s very steadfast support of our schools. Before our summer begins, please take a moment to reflect on all that we, as a unified school district, have achieved at both the district and school-site level.
For 2013-2014, our school sites’ accomplishments include:
Decision whether to move forward set for next Tuesday’s meeting
At its Tuesday, June 11, meeting Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) board members approved a spending plan for a proposed facilities bond. The board might decide on whether to move forward and place the bond on the November ballot at its next meeting, Tuesday, June 24.
On occasion, I hear comments from community members suggesting our school district mismanages its finances. Such comments pain me, because since I arrived in Alameda in 2009, we have worked diligently to tighten up our systems, trim excess funding, and make our financial workings ever more transparent to our public. Indeed, after working in five school districts over 22 years, I can honestly say AUSD is one of the most fiscally responsible — and financially transparent — school districts I have seen.
The Lincoln Middle School Marching Band recently accepted the first-place award for its performance in this year’s Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco. Students and parents from the band and music director Tyra Ingram-Cable expressed their excitement at winning the award before a packed house of more than 500 guests that included parade organizers and participants along with Miss Chinatown and her court of attendants.