February brought significant challenges to the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD). The sudden, tragic passing of Board of Education trustee Solana Henneberry shocked us all. The AUSD community and community at large mourn her loss. Solana fought a very tough and brave battle with cancer, showing commitment and resilience despite great personal challenge. We will always remember Solana for her service to the children and families of Alameda.
A new radio station — KJTZ FM-LP at 96.1 on your dial — began broadcasting at 7 a.m., Monday, March 6. Managed by Encinal Junior and Senior High School students, the station is part of a new career technical education program in media. Students in the program’s radio broadcast journalism class will broadcast news, interviews, music and Central Avenue traffic reports each weekday morning from 7 to 11 a.m.
For the third year running, the City of Alameda and the Alameda Unified School District will host the Youth Career Pathways Fair at the Encinal High School gym. The fair is set for Thursday, March 23, and organizers are currently seeking employers offering summer internship opportunities or entry-level positions for Alameda high school students to participate.
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To mark Black History Month, the City of Alameda plans to place banners at City Hall, on Central Avenue and on Webster Street during the last two weeks of February. The banners illustrate the influential faces of John Lewis, Maya Angelou, Ruby Bridges, Barack Obama, Barbara Lee, James Baldwin and Elector Littlejohn.
At the Tuesday, Feb. 21, City Council meeting, Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer will issue a proclamation, encouraging Alamedans to observe and celebrate Black History Month with appropriate programs, ceremonies and activities.
Three owners of commercial property in Alameda — Nelco, Inc., Santa Clara Investors II and Edward Hirshberg — have filed suit in Alameda County Superior Court against the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD). Records list Hirshberg as president and two other members of the Hirshberg family — Jerilyn and Wilson — as part-owners of Nelco Inc.
The City of Alameda and Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) released statements to ensure its residents and students that they will maintain providing an inclusive, a safe and secure environment after controversial executive order was signed by President Trump.
Superintendent Sean McPhetridge wrote AUSD’s statement.
“I write today to assure you AUSD remains committed to upholding and safeguarding this vision — especially in these charged and uncertain political times,” the statement reads.
The Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) is accepting nominations for Teacher of the Year. Alameda residents who would like to name a teacher who goes above and beyond in (and out of) the classroom are encouraged to submit a nomination form for that teacher.
“I wholeheartedly support this annual tradition because it gives families, staff and community members a chance to sing the praises of our many excellent teachers,” said Superintendent Sean McPhetridge. “Every year I can’t wait to learn who has been nominated and what innovative teaching practices they use.”