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AUSD could offer Longfellow space to charter school

Submitted by on 1, March 23, 2009 – 6:49 amNo Comment

Tuesday night, the school board is to considering offering space at Longfellow Education Center to Nea Community Learning Center.

The district is legally obligated to offer Nea space by April 1. Nea has until May 1 to say whether they’ll take it, per this rundown on board President Mike McMahon’s website.

Following negotiations with Nea and the organizations that currently use the former school, district staff have proposed offering the exclusive use of 11 rooms to Nea, plus shared use of other rooms for specialized classrooms and non-teaching space, and a multipurpose room, per McMahon’s site.

No word yet on how the offer will impact a raft of organizations that are currently using Longfellow, which include the Alameda Education Foundation, adult literacy and Head Start.

The cost of the offer is estimated to be $250,000 and is slated to come from Measure C bond funds and capital outlay funds, per McMahon’s site. It also says:

For 2009-10 school year, District will provide Nea with substantially rent free facilities. As a result, the District will charge Nea the actual costs of supervisory oversight in an amount not to exceed three (3) percent of the revenue Nea receives pursuant to Education Code 47613(b).

The school is slated to open this fall.

I’ll have more for you after the board meeting on Tuesday night.

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