Alameda Unified School District

The Alameda Unified School District Board of Education voted unanimously to maintain the music program at Encinal Junior & Senior High School (EJSHS) at its meeting May 28 at Island High School.

The Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) invites the community to a groundbreaking at Encinal Junior & Senior High School, 210 Central Ave., at 3:15 p.m. Friday, May 24. The ceremony will mark the beginning of a $42 million project that will include:

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 Alameda Unified School District offers free or reduced-price nutritious meals to students from low-income families every school day under the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program or the Afterschool Snack Program. Through June 30, 2020, families with household incomes less than or equal to the federal guidelines are eligible. 

As reported in the Alameda Sun, (“Music Programs Receive Reprieve,” June 6) the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) “School Board of Education voted unanimously to maintain the music program at Encinal Junior & Senior High School (EJSHS).” After losing a well-fought battle to drastically curtail the highly successful EJSHS music program, one administrator graciously offered to “conduct further study to measure the student body’s interest” in music.

At its June 11 public meeting, the Board of Education for the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) approved a resolution to name the district office after Nielsen Tam, a former Board of Education member who died in 2015.

The annual Jack Capon awards are presented in honor of Jack Capon, a long-time Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) educator who specialized in physical education. Capon tirelessly advocated for physical fitness and movement. He founded the AUSD middle-school sports program and Alameda’s Special Olympics and wrote many books on movement. 

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