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Phase II Repairs and Upgrades

Building better futures for students

Last August, we were thrilled to welcome students back to school as we began to return a sense of normalcy at each of our elementary, middle, and high schools. We often hear from parents and community members that our high-performing local schools are part of what makes Alameda a great place to live, so it has been especially encouraging to see busy campuses and engaged students once again. 

As an added bonus, students at many schools are returning to renovated classrooms, updated science labs, and reimagined campuses, thanks to Measure I, which Alameda voters approved in 2014. We’ve received overwhelmingly positive feedback for these Phase I improvements, which have included new and modernized classrooms and science labs at elementary and secondary sites, the complete transformation of the campus at Encinal Jr. & Sr. High School, and the award-winning restoration and renovation of the Historic Alameda High School.

We strive to ensure that each child has an equal opportunity for success, which is why there is more work to be done. While much of Phase I has already been completed, students at some schools are still learning in old and outdated classrooms and facilities.

Because of that, the Board of Education is considering placing a bond measure on the June 2022 ballot to fund Phase II upgrades to local schools. Phase II is aimed at first finishing basic repairs to keep schools safe and functioning and then providing state-of-the-art classrooms, labs, and other facilities to prepare students for future success.

Locally Controlled Bond Funding to  Support Student Safety and 21st-Century Education

  • Modernizing schools so that they are easier to keep clean, well maintained, and in good condition
  • Upgrading classrooms, science labs and career training facilities to support high-quality academic programs in science, technology, reading, writing and math

  • Creating new classroom buildings to replace deteriorating structures

  • Updating performance spaces, athletic facilities, gymnasiums, and outdoor learning spaces

  • Replacing out-of-date plumbing to save water and improve water quality, and outdated heating/cooling systems for energy efficiency and safe air quality

  • Modernizing outdated middle school science labs to prepare students for high school and college 

  • Making essential upgrades to earthquake safety and school security, with improved lighting, electrical, and security systems

Fiscal Accountability Requirements

  • All funds would be spent in Alameda and could not be taken by the State

  • A project list would ensure all funds are spent as authorized by the voter
  • Independent audits and a Citizens’ Oversight Committee would be required

  • No funds could be used for administrators’ salaries or benefits

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Board Presentations

ways to get involved

The Board of Education is planning a series of meetings and workshops in January and February to explore priority projects and funding options for Phase II of the Facilities Master Plan. Those meetings will take place:

 

January 12, 6:00 pm

Board of Education Workshop

Via Zoom

 

January 19, 6:00 pm

Board of Education Workshop

Ruby Bridges Elementary School

 

January 25, 6:30 pm

Board of Education Meeting

via Zoom

 

February 17, 6:30 pm

Board of Education Meeting

via Zoom