Schools

The Alameda Red Cross Youth Network from Encinal, Alameda, and ASTI high schools would like to thank everyone who helped support their April fundraisers with the aim of eliminating malaria across the world. 

One of the network’s stated goals is to send 2,014 treated bed nets to refugees fleeing war stricken homelands by the end of 2014. Thanks to the generous supporters of treated bed nets and the United Nations Association of the East Bay, “Nothing But Nets” has reduced the number of malaria deaths by one third from 2006 to 2013.

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. 

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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. 

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