Alameda Unified School District

At its Feb. 26 public meeting, the Board of Education for the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) announced that Superintendent Sean McPhetridge will be resigning from his position at the end of this school year. 

 

In 1961 the Alameda Unified School District built Lum Elementary School on “made land” — property that once lay beneath the waters of San Francisco Bay.  Utah Construction had “made” this land in the mid-1950s when it filled in a portion of the bay to create South Shore. Four years later AUSD opened Will C. Wood Middle School on this same “made” land. 

In a bit of irony, the school district hosted a meeting last Friday evening at the latter school to announce that it was closing the former school because the land beneath it was unstable.

 

In a groundbreaking ceremony held Monday, Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) and city officials gathered to celebrate progress on complete restoration of the Historic Alameda High School (HAHS). As part of the ceremony, a front loader pushed down a portion of the fence surrounding HAHS. The retrofit and restoration, which was designed by Quattrocchi Kwok Architects, will be paid for out of funds from the 2014 Measure I Facilities Bond. The project is expected to be complete by December 2019.

 

With 2016 rapidly coming to a close, the Alameda Sun looks back over the top news stories in Alameda this past year. This week will cover January through June and next week will feature news from July through December.

January
The Water Emergency Transportation Authority worked to have a new dock for harbor seals delivered to Alameda Point in April, ahead of the start of construction for the ferry maintenance terminal. The maintenance facility’s berthing dock would displace the seals’ previous resting spot.

The Board of Education of the Alameda Unified School District has developed a plan to select a new superintendent. The Board hired Eric Andrew and Juan Garza of Leadership Associates, an executive search firm, to advise during the process.

 

The City of Alameda and the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) have launched a “Summer Jobs Campaign” to encourage more employers to create summer jobs and internships for teens. The goal is to create at least 200 paid positions each summer by 2020. Any business that offers one paid summer position or more will be recognized on the Mayor’s Summer Jobs Honor Roll. Employers must pay teens at the City of Alameda’s new minimum wage of $13.50 per hour.

 

The Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) Board of Education (BOE) will place a district representative on the Community Learning Center Schools (CLCS) board after approving an agreement at its Feb. 12 meeting. 

All five BOE members voted to approve a settlement agreement with CLCS in the closed session portion of the school board meeting. CLCS operates Alameda Community Learning Center and Nea Community Learning Center. 

Some Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) students have planned to walk out of their classes tomorrow, Friday, March 15, to advocate for stronger action on climate change and progress on a Green New Deal. The students, who are marching as part of an international, youth-driven “School Strike 4 Climate,” plan to walk first to Alameda City Hall and then back to Crab Cove, where speakers will address the assembled crowd.

 

Many Alameda parents voiced their disapproval of Alameda Unified School District’s (AUSD) decision to move a class for students with special needs from Lincoln School (LMS) to Wood Middle School (WMS) at the district’s Feb. 26 school board meeting.

Parents of AUSD students and community members signed an open letter to AUSD demanding the district take vigorous efforts to make the district more inclusive for children with special needs.

 

The City of Alameda and the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) are launching a “Summer Jobs Campaign” to encourage more employers to create summer jobs and internships for teens.  The Fifth Annual Alameda Youth Career & Job Fair will take place on Thursday, March 21, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., at Encinal High School’s gymnasium, 210 Central Avenue. 

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