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

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!