Board of Ed to discuss Plan B timeline Tuesday
Alameda’s Board of Education is set to discuss a timeline for considering school closures and fresh budget cuts for upcoming school years – and another for putting a fresh parcel tax request before voters.
Under the proposed timeline, the school board will begin considering its options for closing schools at its September 14 meeting. Community meetings to discuss closure options will be held in mid-September at Wood Middle School and mid-October at Lincoln Middle School, and additional meetings will also be set with a host of stakeholder groups.
The board will review a list of “tiered” budget reductions on October 26, and on November 23 it will receive final recommendations for school closures – and will be asked to vote on a fresh parcel tax measure for a March ballot.
A final vote on school closures, and an early version of budget cuts for future years, could come on December 14.
Plan B in the district’s master plan scenario envisioned shuttering up to one each of the district’s middle and high schools and at least three elementary schools if the district were unsuccessful in passing a parcel tax this year. Measure E, which was on the June ballot, failed by around 250 votes.
In the wake of that failure, the district made more than $7.2 million in cuts for the coming school year and began planning for additional cuts and school closures for the following two years. They will consider closing one or more of the district’s secondary schools and one or more of its elementary schools next year.
District staff will consider quality of instructional program, facility needs and requirements, economic benefits and maintenance of neighborhood schools where possible in determining which schools they will recommend be closed, according to a staff report released in advance of tonight’s presentation to the school board.
In addition to school closures and consolidations, district staff will analyze changes to the district’s existing grade level configurations at its schools.
The public portion of the board’s meeting is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers at City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue.