School board holds special meeting today
Alameda’s Board of Education is holding a special meeting today in the superintendent’s conference room at the district’s offices, 2200 Central Avenue. On the agenda: Approval of a contract with Alameda’s public school teachers, approval of an all-mail ballot in case of parcel tax, and closed-session consideration of a lawsuit, subject unnamed, against the state.
Carla Greathouse, who heads up parcel tax proponents A Plus, asked the school board last week to consider an all mail ballot because she believes more people will vote and that the increased vote count will favor her efforts to pass the tax. The district’s director of educational options, Rob Siltanen, said the cost of the ballot could be $3 to $5 per voter.
The teacher’s contract would save the district about $5 million over three years, primarily by allowing increases in K-3 class sizes of up to 25 students to one teacher next year and 32 students to one teacher the following year and by cutting five instructional days out of the school calendar.
The meeting begins with a closed-door session at 4:30 p.m.
More to come.