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Charter schools top board’s agenda

Submitted by on 1, January 25, 2011 – 12:04 amOne Comment

Alameda’s school board is set tonight to discuss renewal of the Bay Area School of Enterprise’s charter and to consider approving a request from leaders of the Nea Community Learning Center to extend their charter by two years. District staff is recommending the board okay both.

In report to be offered to the board tonight, district staff lauded Nea, a K-10 charter school that opened its doors in 2009. The 350-student school achieved an Academic Performance Index score of 839 in its first year of operation.

“Nea has demonstrated itself to be an effective and viable school organization, facilitated by a strong governing board that is following all required guidelines necessary to meet AUSD expectations,” Assistant Superintendent Sean McPhetridge wrote in a report to the board. He said district staff have made a number of visits to the school and that they have sat in on a number of Nea’s governing board meetings.

McPhetridge recommended the board extend Nea’s charter by two years, to June 30, 2014.

District staff are also recommending the board renew the charter for the BASE charter high school for five years. The school, which opened in 2001, serves students who have struggled in more traditional school settings.

In a presentation to be offered Tuesday, district staff praised BASE for its aim to provide a University at California-approved curriculum for its students. But they said school leaders need to provide training and support for teachers, and that the school needs to better serve the school’s special education students.

The board will vote on whether to extend BASE’s charter on February 8.

Since the City Council will be meeting at City Hall tonight, today’s school board meeting will be held in the cafeteria of Alameda High School, which is at the corner of Central Avenue and Walnut Street. The public session will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The board is also scheduled to discuss proposals for a new contract with Alameda Unified’s teachers. The district’s existing contract with its teachers expires in 2012. District officials are seeking to discuss issues around class sizes.

Also on the agenda are a discussion of the potential impacts of Governor Jerry Brown’s state budget proposal and approval of a fiscal audit for the 2009-2010 school year.

One Comment »

  • concerned says:

    Does the AUSD Board not see the relationship between reduced enrollemnt at its “neighborhood” schools, and the proliferaton of charter schools? Why is the taxpayer being asked to keep open this surplus of physical plants?

    I understand NEA high school has 5 teachers and fewer than 10 students. How exactly is it in AUSD’s best interest to keep this open?

    If I’m missing something here, please let me know.

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