Alameda Unified School District

 

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 idea of merging Alameda High and Encinal High schools has been raised several times in previous decades. In the spring of 2018, community members, athletic directors and teachers asked for a new review of the concept for two reasons. 

 

The Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) is going to hold a series of public meetings to help you understand why one high school of 3,000 students is more educationally sound than two high schools of 1,400 and 1,700 students. And why your children will now have a “greater educational opportunity.”

Every school bond passed in Alameda is tagged with the phrase, “for the children.” Alameda is noted for its good schools. Ask any Realtor. He or she will tell you that AUSD’s reputation helps sell property. 

 

The Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) Board of Education approved 15 members for the Committee to Consider High School Consolidation at the June 26 School Board meeting.

The committee will examine the “viability, desirability and effects” that would come from combining Alameda and Encinal high schools into one comprehensive high school, according to an AUSD press release.

 

The Alameda Unified School District announced that it had reached a stipulated agreement with the plaintiffs — Nelco, Inc., Santa Clara Investors II and Edward Hirschberg — in the lawsuit challenging Measure B1. In order to bring Measure B1 into full alignment with Measure A, which B1 is replacing, one of Superior Court Judge Ioana Petrou’s stipulations requires that Measure B1 incorporate the $299 tax on unimproved parcels provided for in Measure A. Other stipulations that Petrou approved remained unclear when the Alameda Sun went to press on Tuesday. 

 

Students and the teacher from the Encinal High Digital Video and Filmmaking class are premiering a documentary film they produced about the Lum Elementary School closing at Wood Middle School (WMS) Wednesday, May 9. 

The film, Once a Lum Bear, Always a Lum Bear, addresses the impact the school closing had on former students and the community, according to the Digital Video and Filmmaking class teacher Paul Igaz. The students interviewed former Lum’s students and their parents. 

 

The City of Alameda and Alameda Unified School District will host a day-long event titled “In the Mix” to explore the many ways it personally means to be of mixed race. The event is set for Saturday, April 28, at Island High School, 500 Pacific Ave., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

In the Mix will give local the opportunity to listen and discuss lived experiences of mixed race youth, parents, partners and families in our community. This event is open to all and includes age-appropriate program offerings.

If only it were astonishing that Ash Jones has “been removed from the substitute list” by the Alameda High School (AHS) principal. Having been in public education for more than 22 years, his removal is not astonishing.

His removal is consistent with the seemingly dauntless pursuit of mediocrity and the mollycoddling that appears to be the inadvertent goal of public education. It is astonishing, however, that someone would have the temerity to take on an Alameda legend, an icon, a stalwart, a warrior such as Ash Jones.

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