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School board to hold special meeting tonight

Submitted by on 1, July 15, 2010 – 4:50 amNo Comment

The Alameda Board of Education is holding a special meeting today in the third floor of district headquarters, 2200 Central Avenue. The public session begins at 5 p.m.

The meeting – the board’s first in more than two weeks – has just one public session item, an informational review of professional services contracts between Inquiry by Design and the district and the Alameda County Office of Education. Inquiry by Design is an English Language Arts curriculum for middle and high school students that its creators bill as an alternative to standard, textbook-based curricula.

The board’s consent calendar – which contains items that are typically approved with a vote only, without public discussion – includes approval of a host of job descriptions, including high school co-principal, two accounting positions, a leave desk administrator, mailroom clerk and budget analyst.

It also includes a resolution signaling the district’s intent to lay off or reduce classified employees. Classified employees include clerical staff, teacher and library aides and custodians and cafeteria workers.

The district did not release supporting documentation to accompany this evening’s agenda.

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