Maya Lin School

 
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In this week’s Development Alert, we’ve got hearing dates for the Del Monte development project, finalists to develop a commercial campus (or outlet mall) at Alameda Point and some updates on plans and projects to come.

The school board is preparing to cancel contracts that put cell phone antennae on top of a pair of Alameda schools.

In a closed-door session, the board opted to direct school district staff to notify the owners of cell antennae installed atop Maya Lin School and Will C. Wood Middle School that their contracts will be terminated, board president Margie Sherratt announced at the start of Tuesday’s school board meeting.

A vote to terminate the contracts – both held by AT&T – is set to take place on September 23, Sherratt announced. She said the contracts would be terminated in a year.

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School board members are pushing for the removal of cell phone towers perched atop three Alameda schools.

Board member Mike McMahon said the district will scrutinize a trio of contracts permitting cell phone service providers to maintain antennae on top of Maya Lin School, Will C. Wood Middle School and Alameda High School to see if the district can legally exit them, and he and other board members said they’ll begin discussing their efforts to address the cell tower issue in public since they haven’t been able to resolve them in private.

The Alameda Police Department is offering free child safety seat inspections from 10 a.m. to noon this Saturday, April 26 in the parking lot at police headquarters, 1555 Oak Street.

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Local environmentalists fear changes Alameda Municipal Power – which bills itself as “the greenest little utility in America” – plans to make to its solar program could bring an end to new solar installations on the Island. A final proposal for the new solar program, which could for the short term create tiered service for solar customers, could come before the Public Utilities Board in May.

Parents at Maya Lin School are asking schools officials to move cell phone antennae perched on the school’s roof to a building that doesn’t house children and to use an upcoming contract renewal as an opportunity to review whether the deal to put a cell tower on the school was inked legally.

The school district is accepting proposals for new magnet schools and innovative school programs that could be open for business by the fall of 2015.

Assistant Superintendent Barbara Adams said some schools have expressed interest in starting a new program, but nothing specific is in the works yet. Proposals for new programs will be due in June, while those from schools seeking to copy existing programs are due a few months earlier, in March.

Brand-new programs that win school board approval would open in the fall of 2016, while programs that replicate existing innovative or magnet programs would open a year earlier, in 2015.