With the announced closure of the Alameda Naval Air Station in mid 1990s, the city of Alameda began work on development of Alameda Point. The loss of students from Naval Air Station presented a short term enrollment problem and a long term facilities issue. In the late 1990s, the city and school district worked on a number of different issues that culminated in a March 2000 Omnibus Agreement.
In September, 2000, AUSD adopted Facilities Master Plan. Changes in demographics and the completion of a $27 million Modernization Program in 2002 required updating the 2000 Facilities Master Plan. The updated data with findings and options were presented in November, 2002. At that time, the Board decided to proceed with construction of a new elementary school but reserved approval of the remainder of the plan until other options could be presented for further discussion.
In May 2005, the Board approved the remainder of the facilities master plan.
- November 14, 2002 - Board Workshop on Facilities
- November 26, 2002 - Approve Initial Resolutions to Start Process for School at Catellus Site
- December, 2002 - Select architect and form Design Committee for Catellus Site
- The registar assigns the designation of Measure C for the Alameda School Bond measure that will be on the March, 2004 ballot.
- With 13,809 yes votes or 72% of the voters Measure C passed on March 2, 2004. Measure C will provide $63 million in direct monies to repair and renovate our aging Alameda schools.
- At a March 22, 2004 workshop the Board Members reviewed the initial steps including a number of parallel activities that ultimately result in projects being done. In addition, the first draft Project Plan was reviewed.
- In March, 2004, Alameda Unified School District files a cross complaint against the City of Alameda in order to clarify use of funds provided for in a 2000 Omnibus Agreement with the City. A press release explains that the use of funds from the 2000 Omnibus Agreement needs to be determined for the proper setting of Level 2 developer fees.
- At the April 6th BOE meeting, the Board approved the documents for the formation of Citizen Oversight Committee.
- At Board meetings, there are onging updates presented to the Board on Measure C projects.
- At the Special BOE meeting on September 21, the BOE approved Level 2 developer fees for 2004/05 despite an onging dispute with Catellus, the master developer for the Bayport project.
- At the December 14th BOE meeting, the BOE announced a settlement of Level 2 developer fees with Catellus, the master developer for the Bayport project.
- In September, 2006, Alameda Unified School District opened its first new school in 12 years. Ruby Bridges Elementary combined the school population of Longfellow, Miller and Woodstock Elemenatary to open with approximately 475 students.2007
- March 13,2007 BOE meeting staff presented a new demographic study along aPowerpoint presentation The study showed the District experienced a 900 student drop in enrollment over the past seven years.
As part of the Master Plan process an new Demographic Study was approved.
As part of the Master Plan process an new Facilities Master Plan was approved.
After the Historic Alameda High School was deemed unsafe for workers, the District moved District Office personnel to a leased facility at 2060 Challenger Drive. The first phase of a new Facilities Study was completed that assesses the current status of facilities.
To determine the best process for community engagement as well as to gauge community sentiment regarding AUSD facilities, I created an online survey. The survey received 200 responses with these results.The recap of the meetings is here. Here is a summary of the range of costs to retrofit the Historic Alameda High School.
In October approved a contract to develop a Facilities Master Plan that will have a 10 year time horizon.
In March the new Facilities Master Plan was approved. In June, the Board voted to place a $179 million bond measure on the November ballot. The measure passed with 62.6%.