middle schools

Alameda’s Board of Education signed off on a proposal to expand Bay Farm Elementary School to include seventh and eighth grade students on Tuesday despite some concerns about the amount of money doing so will cost.

The board voted 4-1 to approve the expansion, with newly sworn in trustee Barbara Kahn casting the sole no vote.

“We have to spread money equitably across the district,” Kahn said.

Bay Farm is home to one of four magnet and innovative school programs the school board approved in 2011. The board okayed a sixth grade there last year but held off on deciding whether to add seventh and eighth grades until now.