Schools

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

Sometimes the third time is the charm — at least for Alameda public charter school, Nea and Alameda Community Learning Center (ACLC). Both schools have been shuffled around in recent years, but are settling in for the long term with an 11-year lease at their new location in the former Woodstock Educational Center at 1900 Third St.

"There’s a really positive feeling at this new location," said Jake Powell, a facilitator (teacher) of Social Sciences at ACLC. "Each school has its own distinct space and program, but we can share resources, ideas and generally support each other."

I am a retired teacher and professor who taught for 43 years at the junior high school, community college and university levels, mostly at Merritt College in Oakland and Berkeley City College in Berkeley (formerly Vista College). In all that time, I have never met a school bond approval or sales or parcel tax increase that I did not support and vote for — until now!

The Board of Education has placed a bond measure on the November ballot that, if passed, would generate nearly $180 million in funding to upgrade Alameda’s schools. As detailed in the most recent language, the money would be used for core needs such as “improving earthquake safety,” “improving heating, cooling, plumbing and electrical systems,” and “replacing leaky roofs.”

John Zugnoni’s letter to the editor (“Allow Oakland Students Here,” June 13) is obviously written from a perspective external to public education in general, and outside of public education in Alameda in particular.

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