After Measure H … and, Lunch!
Measure H has (apparently) passed. So now what? Opponents of the temporary parcel tax measure have carped that it is a local solution to a state problem, and even its proponents agree that more can be done to find a permanent solution to our schools’ chronic funding woes. So what can you do? Plenty. You can start by leaving some suggestions over at Alamedans.com, either on school board Trustee Mike McMahon’s recent post asking for your input (or on an earlier thread posted by superblogger Lauren Do). And if you want to get more involved, I hear the Yes on H folks, aka Keep Alameda Schools Excellent, are planning to stick around as an organization. Sounds like we’ll hear more specific stuff from them in the weeks to come. Also, in case you missed it, the folks at the Alameda Education Foundation – which seems to have almost overnight turned from a little group that raises a few bucks for classroom supplies and after school programs into a motivational and fundraising powerhouse – have a strategic plan that includes long-term solutions to our budget problems (like getting our fair share of education dollars from Sacramento and loosening restrictions on how much of that money is spent). We’ll have more to come on this, but in the meantime, feel free to sound off.
And while we’re talking about schools, I want to remind folks that those fabulous school lunches your kids rhapsodize about during the school year are in fact available for free for a few weeks this summer. Starting next Monday, June 23, free lunches will be available to all kids 18 and under at the Boys and Girls Club, 1903 Third Street; Alameda Point Collaborative, 677 West Ranger Avenue; Henry Haight Elementary, 2025 Santa Clara Avenue; and Washington Elementary, 825 Taylor Avenue. The lunch program runs each weekday (excluding July 4) through July 18. Times vary. More information is available here, or by calling 748-4008 x130.