Alameda Update: The latest on Alameda Unified's facilities plans

Alameda Update: The latest on Alameda Unified's facilities plans

Michele Ellson
Alameda classroom

Image courtesy of the Alameda Unified School District.

THE STORY: Alameda Unified's leaders want to fix and upgrade the district's schools; they've been working for nearly two years to put together a plan that details the district's facilities needs with an eye toward a separate bond program to pay for the fixes. The school board is considering a draft plan detailing $591 million in repairs and upgrades that includes critical fixes like new boilers and safety upgrades and others that will facilitate modern-day teaching needs, along with desired upgrades that could be left for a future date, along with a possible bond measure for the November ballot of as much as $180 million.

THE LATEST: The school board meets tonight to consider a plan that would prioritize restoration of Alameda's two main high schools and would include technology and safety improvements for all of the Island's public high schools. The plan is estimated to cost up to $196 million, an amount that includes up to $170 million to modernize classrooms and upgrade libraries, fields, pools and outdoor spaces at Alameda and Encinal high schools, along with as much as $16 million for technology and safety upgrades at all of the district schools and $10 million for contingencies.

WHAT'S NEXT: The board is holding a workshop starting at 6 p.m. in the Alameda High School cafeteria to discuss details of the prioritization plan; it will consider approval of the facilities plan and another to move forward on priorities for fixes on May 27, and the board is also tentatively scheduled to direct district staff to prepare ballot language for a bond the board may consider putting on the ballot at its June 10 meeting.

MORE INFORMATION: The Alamedan's latest piece on the district's facilities plans is here, and the agenda and materials for tonight's meeting, here. Separately, school board trustee Mike McMahon surveyed people to find out what they'd support; his survey results are here, and comments detailing respondents' issues and concerns, here.


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Submitted by Michele Ellson on Wed, May 21, 2014

Hey guest: Our super duper webmaster, Jack Boeger, just made a fix. Click the pic and it should enlarge.