Gray Harris

A tie-breaking vote brought an end to an extended school board meeting Wednesday evening where Gray Harris was selected for and sworn in to the Alameda Board of Education to fill the empty seat of Nielsen Tam, who died of leukemia on May 24.

Alameda’s teachers will be getting the raises their union proposed last April under a tentative agreement they’ll be voting on next week, deal points obtained and released by a local blogger show. If approved by teachers and the Board of Education, the deal will cap two years of contentious negotiations whose closure required the assistance of a state legislator.

Neither side wished to offer additional contract details or comment on Wednesday.

Video by Donna Eyestone.

Scores of teachers and their supporters stormed City Hall on Tuesday night to demand a new contract from Alameda school district leaders, following all-night settlement talks that ended without a deal being reached.

Two weeks ago, we asked the community for their questions regarding negotiations over a new contract for Alameda's teachers. Today we publish responses from Superintendent Kirsten Vital and Alameda Education Association President Gray Harris.

School district officials have released dozens of grievances filed over the years Kirsten Vital has served as Alameda Unified's superintendent, documents that cast fresh light on teachers’ claims of a lack of respect from school administrators and on the reasoning behind new rules on teacher evaluations and discipline their union wants included in a new contract.