Committee recommends fresh uses for Island High site
A committee authorized by Alameda’s school board to consider new uses for the old Island High School site is recommending that the district declare it surplus, allowing Alameda Unified to find new uses for the property. The high school was moved from the 0.83 acre site, at 2437 Eagle Avenue, in 2007.
The 10-person committee, which is made up of community members, made draft recommendations that the school board declare the property surplus because they don’t believe the district will need it to educate students. The committee made the determination because the district’s enrollment is projected to remain stable or decline slightly and because they believe the property could generate additional revenue for the district.
The committee stopped short of offering recommended uses for the property, saying they wanted to give the school board “the necessary flexibility and discretion” they need for disposing of it. But one of the board members, affordable housing advocate Bill Smith, has said the city wants to build 19 units of housing for low-income residents there.
The committee is expected to vote on finalizing its report on Wednesday.
If the school board does deem the property to be surplus, the district must first offer it for park or recreational purposes, and then to non-profits and a laundry list of public agencies. If none of those entities are interested in the property, the district can then offer it to private entities.