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
January/March, 2003- Architects Develop design plans for new Woodstock
April, 2003 - Catellus Developers aniticpate delays in the build out, school site will not available for September 2004
May, 2003 - Initial soil samples indicate additional structure strengthening will be needed for new Woodstock school increasing project by $1 million
August 26, 2003 - BOE met to review the need for General Obligation Bond financing options in 2004. They scheduled a workshop for September 6th to review the updated site needs recap aligned with financing options along the breakdown of proposed site work by financing options.
September 9, 2003 - BOE approved staff recommendation for securing approximately $57 million via a General Obbiligation bond. The next step is the Board must approve a resolution with specific construction projects before it can be placed on the ballot.
November 12, 2003 - BOE reviewed staff recommendation of the specific construction projects proposed for the Bond measure along with a recap of 1999 modernization monies spent and the 2004 bond monies to be spent by site before it can be placed on the March 2004 ballot.
November 25, 2003 - BOE adopted a resolution which will place the measure before the voters on the March 2004 ballot for $63 million.
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.
Alameda Unified School District continues to monitor the progress of the Development of Alameda Point.
A Facilities Master Plan workshop was conducted on April 19th. The workshop reviewed projected enrollment growth along with school site capacity. An initial set of options was presented for the Board's review.
At the May 24th BOE Meeting, the Board approved the update of the options for the Facilities Master Plan.
At the October 11th BOE Meeting, approved revised budgets for the Measure C projects, due to rising construction costs. As a result, Haight School will be temporarily located at the old Woodstock Elementary school for the 2006/07 school year.
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.
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.
The demographic study was revised in June, 2007.
In October, 2007 the Superintendent proposed creating two task forces on Education Excellence focused Boundaries and Facilities.
Review of 2007/08 actual enrollment compared to projected enrollment
5 Year Elementary Enrollment Forecast and Capacity Report is presented at the November 13 BOE Meeting
Kindergarten Enrollment Process is revised at the November 13 BOE Meeting
Elementary Task Force Progress Report is presented at the December 12 BOE Workshop
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.