Lum Elementary School


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 Board of Education for the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) voted Tuesday, May 23, to shut down Lum Elementary School campus for the 2017-18 school year. The decision came at the school board meeting in the council chambers at City Hall.

The five board members voted unanimously to approve the resolution to indefinitely close Lum Elementary School, 1801 Sandcreek Way. The board maintained its stance that the Lum site is vulnerable to extensive damage in the event of a major earthquake.

On Dec. 17 students and staff at Lum Elementary School bid their office manager Vickie Levitch a fond farewell. Principal Lawrence Gotanco called Levitch the school’s hero and ally. 

“Vickie will be leaving us to embark on an exciting new phase in her life journey,” Gotanco said   “I can personally attest to the fact that for our school, she has been a smiling face, a hearty laugh, a comforting guide, a calming presence, a dedicated professional, a passionate advocate.”