Schools

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.

Sun Staff Reports
The deadline to file for an exemption from the Alameda Unified School District’s Measure A parcel tax is next Monday, June 30. Under the terms of the ballot measure, the school district can grant two types of exemptions:

n Senior citizen exemption: The applicant must turn 65 years old on or before June 30, 2015, and own and occupy his/her property as a primary residence.

n Supplemental Security Income (SSI) exemption: The applicant must receive SSI and own and occupy his/her property as a primary residence.

For the first time, a combined Sports and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program will be offered to challenged boys and girls in the East Bay. 

An innovative program co-sponsored by the Alameda Recreation & Parks Department (ARPD) and BallPoppers will invite up to 100 fifth to seventh graders to attend a five Saturday basketball and STEM series. Full and partial scholarships will be offered to qualified youth.

As principals change, opinion on city’s newest school 

Jan Goodman recently retired after eight years as principal of Ruby Bridges Elementary School. Her retirement came with some well-deserved praise; this at the same time we are evaluating the eye-opening decision by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu. In the Vergara v. California case, Treu said current teacher tenure policies in California are unconstitutional.  

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