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AUSD Notes: A look at plans for Alameda school facilities

I’ll have news about the plans and accomplishments of our amazing seniors in our next column (it’s one of my favorite columns of the year!). For this week, though, I wanted to write a bit about the Alameda Unified School District’s facility plans so that you’ll know what our workers are doing as you drive by our sites this summer.
First, Historic Alameda High School will continue to be a major project, with framing, sheet rocking, electrical and other work on the docket for June through August. As a reminder, the project is scheduled to be complete in December 2019, and the restoration promises to be gorgeous.
The Board of Education has asked staff to draft a plan to analyze the possibility of merging Encinal High School and Alameda High School over the next several years. No decision has been made on this, but two factors are driving this exploration:

A combined high school would allow AUSD to provide a more comprehensive education to all its secondary students; and
a combined high school would save money, which could then be used to improve employee salaries. We’ll have more information on this evaluation process in the near-future.

In the meantime, the board has asked that all design work for Encinal Junior and Senior High School proceed, so as to provide as much flexibility as possible while the viability of a merger is explored.
Across our district, several schools will also receive upgrades via the Measure I facilities bond program this summer. Paden Elementary School, for instance, is getting energy-efficient windows, safer door locks, a new phone system and accessibility upgrades. Edison Elementary will receive a new office area (to make it easier to monitor people coming into the school), new locks and telephones and new windows. Edison’s fence along Pearl Street will also be completed. And Ruby Bridges Elementary School will receive new locks, plus a new science classroom and restroom.
A number of community members have asked recently about plans for the Lum Elementary School site. There will be a public meeting to discuss possible options on May 31 in the Alameda High School cafeteria. The Board of Education asked that this meeting be held after hearing questions and comments from the community in response to a presentation on the costs and logistics of repairing or rebuilding the Lum facility. At the May 31 meeting, we will review those logistics and respond to other ideas proposed by community members. We plan to videotape the meeting and will post it on our website soon afterwards. The meeting begins at 7 p.m.
Susan Davis is the Alameda Unified School District’s senior manager for community affairs. Reach her at 510-337-7175 or sdavis@alameda.k12.ca.us.

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