Alameda schools

More than 100 dancers from Alameda and Encinal high schools glided, stomped, and twirled across the gym floor at Alameda High School on May 21 in celebration of the sixth annual Alameda Harvey Milk Day Celebration.

Schools officials are seeking to expand Alameda Unified’s footprint by reclaiming a pair of properties adjacent to the Alameda Naval Air Station.

District officials are seeking school board approval to ask the federal government to let them reclaim a pair of Singleton Avenue properties where they hope to once again house the district’s Woodstock Child Development Center preschool program and Island High School, the district’s continuation school.

The property could also be used as a central location housing Alameda Unified’s special education staffers, who are currently scattered across the Island.

The Encinal Jets – and the Junior Jets – are about to become one big, happy family.

Tonight, the school board will consider whether to combine Encinal High School and the Junior Jets middle school program on the Encinal campus into a single school. If the board grants its okay, the new school will be called Encinal Junior/Senior High School.

Parents and schools staffers are making a renewed push for better security at Alameda schools following a pair of on-campus incidents over the past few weeks.

On Tuesday night, the school board is set to pick a new member to fill the remainder of Mayor Trish Spencer’s unexpired term. We asked all 10 of the finalists for the board seat how they would handle some of the key issues the board will be addressing over the next few years, and also, what their priorities would be as a board member. Nine of the 10 responded. Here’s what they had to say; responses were posted in the order they were received.

Should Alameda have one comprehensive high school or two? About 50 people – including school board members past, present and prospective – showed up at Will C. Wood Middle School on Thursday night to discuss the pros and cons of each.

The meeting was the first of several set up to allow community and school board members to discuss whether Alameda should consider building a single comprehensive school, a topic architect Mark Quattrochi said hasn’t been seriously broached on the Island since the 1980s. District staff is slated to make a recommendation to school board members on February 24.

It's that time of the year again: Parents of fifth graders all over the Island are applying to middle schools for next fall. To help families navigate their options last year, The Alamedan asked the leaders of all seven of Alameda’s free, public middle schools – a list that includes charter, magnet and traditional schools – to offer some basic information about their programs. This year we're reprising the piece by reader request, with updates noted in the text.

Alameda's school board has selected 10 finalists vying to fill Mayor Trish Spencer's unexpired school board term. Nearly two dozen people applied for the job.

Schools leaders are set to issue $75 million in bonds for school construction projects and to consider which projects the money will pay for.

Tonight, the Board of Education will consider approving issuance of the first of three series of bonds and also, a list containing $6.3 million in roofing and paving projects schools officials hope to complete this summer. If the board signs off on issuing the bonds, district officials expect to have money in hand by May.

The board will also discuss additional projects at the Island’s elementary, middle and charter schools, with approval scheduled for January 27.

Alameda’s Board of Education said goodbye to a pair of exiting trustees Tuesday – and got the rundown on the big business the new board will embark on next year.