New school leaders named
With Measure H and the state budget process grinding on (we’re slated to get more on the H vote later today), Alameda’s students may not know yet what kind of schooling they’ll get next year. But they will at least know who is in charge. Tuesday night, the school board gave the green light to Jesse Ramos as principal of Washington Elementary School. Ramos, who replaces the retiring Niel Tam, is principal at Thousand Oaks Elementary in Berkeley. Thousand Oaks boasts a transitional bilingual program and an arts emphasis. Ramos’s resume also includes several years teaching English as a second language in San Francisco and a humanitarian of the year award from the East Bay’s teachers unions, which recognized him for his work in bridging cultural differences at schools. Meanwhile, Encinal High School has two new vice principals: Eric Kapral, who comes from Northgate High School in Walnut Creek, and Ayo Akatugba, who taught advanced placement physics and environmental science at McClymonds Senior High School in Oakland and holds a doctorate in science education. They round out a new top team at Encinal headed by former veep Mike Cooper. Meanwhile, the school board thanked the Yes on H folks for their work on the parcel tax campaign, raised the price of school lunches and okayed raises for school administrators and other school staff (the raises are 3 percent in July and another 1 percent in January 2009).