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The Alameda Unified School District serves the city of Alameda, California USA.
The school district is a "unified" district (in 1936), meaning that it includes K-8 schools and high schools in the same jurisdiction. As with all California school districts, it is not a part of the city government of Alameda. The school board is elected separately from the Alameda city council, and has been since April 1969. The city council has no direct power over the school board.
The AUSD educates approximately 8,900 students each year, in 10 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, and 5 high schools. The district also operates an Adult School and a "Child Development Center". Three elementary schools were closed at the end of the 2005-2006 school year as a result of decrease in school budget and lack of funding.
In 2009, the District received significant media attention for controversy surrounding an anti-bullying curriculum approved by the Board of Trustees, known as "Lesson 9," which focused on reducing bullying against LGBT students. The curriculum sparked two lawsuits, which were subsequently dismissed.
1855 Schermerhorn School located on west side of Court, between Van Buren and Jackson Street.
1860 Encinal School Located on Lincoln Avenue between Stanton and Paru Streets.
1874 Boehmer's Hall. A rented room on Park Street used a temporary quarters for high school.
1875 Park Street School was closed in 1879 with the opening of Porter School.
1875 Haight School Located at Santa Clara and Chestnut as combination elementary and high school.
1875 West End School Located at Fifth and Pacific.
1879 Porter School Located on Alameda Avenue near oak Street.
1882 Bay Farm Island School Rented building on Bay Farm Island.
1891 Everett School Located at the corner of Eagle Avenue and Everett Street.
1902 Alameda High School Located on Central near Walnut Street.
1909 Washington School Located at Eight and Santa Clara Avenue.
1926 Versailles School Bounded by Versailles, Lincoln, Pearl, and Buena Vista.
1927 Franklin School Located at Franklin Park, housed in a reconstructed cottage.
1944 Webster School Located in the Webster Housing Project.
1944 John Muir School Located in the Estuary Housing Project.
1946 Encinal School Located in the Encinal Housing Project.
1951 Woodstock School Located on Third Street.
1951 Frank Otis School Located on Fillmore Street.
1952 Encinal High School Located at 210 Central Avenue.
1955 William Paden School Located at 444 Central Avenue.
1961 Donald Lum School Located at Otis Street and Sandcreek Avenue.
1977 Lincoln Middle School Located on Fernside and San Jose.
1977 George Miller Elementary School Located at 250 Singleton.
1979 Amelia Earhart Elementary School Located at 400 Packet Landing
1992 Bay Farm Elementary School Located at 200 Aughinbaugh.
2006 Ruby Bridges Elementary Located 351 Jack London Ave.
Listed is the current board (as of 2010[update]) and their terms:
Listed are former Trustees:
In 1872 Alameda incorporated three communities into the city of Alameda, creating one school board. The city council appointed school board members until 1969.
Listed are Superintendents:
The first school bond measure was passed 1874 and build the city's first high school and the main grammar school located on Chestnut and Santa Clara. In addition, the 1874 bond purchased property at Fifth and Pacific Ave and a school opened in 1875. In 1878 the next bond measure was used to purchase six lots on the south side of Alameda Avenue between Oak and Walnut. Porter School opened 1879. Additional bonds were issued 1894 to build four new schools. In 1901 high school students campaigned vigorously to get a bond measure to build a new $65,000 high school. Bonds elections in 1907, 1909 and 1915 funded the most ambitious building campaign. Three old schools were replaced with new structures and one new school was built. Voters passed a $750,000 bond in 1923 (supplemented with an additional $350,000 in 1925). As a result, construction of Alameda High School started in November, 1924 and opened in August, 1926.
In 1933, the Field Act was passed after an earthquake severely damaged schools in Long Beach. While Federal funds were used rehabilitate some existing schools to comply with the Field Act, a $222,000 bond was passed in 1940. With World War II, Alameda population exploded from 38,000 to 90,000. The federal government built three inexpensive grammar schools to serve children living in federal housing projects that housed the workers for the Naval Air station and shipbuilding yards.
In 1940s, the baby boom was underway with 15,000 Alameda babies being born. In 1948, a $2,840,000 bond measure was passed. The lion share of bond was used to buy land and build Encinal High School. 1n 1951 a survey showed 45 percent of children enrolled in Alameda schools had parents living or working on federally related properties. As a result, the school district received $2,250,000 from the federal government for school construction between 1951 to 1955. In 1953 $3,000,000 in bonds was approved. During the 1950s federal grants and bond revenues totaled $8,500,000.
In 1960s saw a frenzy of demolition and apartment construction in old Alameda and building out of South Shore led to an all-time enrollment high of 12,500 students. In 1967 AB450 required school districts to bring their pre-1933 schools up to structural standards of the 1933 Field Act by 1983 (the deadline was moved up to 1975 the following year). Inspection of Alameda's four pre-1933 schools (Haight, Porter, Lincoln and Alameda High) were ruled unsafe.
In 1964 a $4 million bond issue barely passed. Voters rejected bond measures in 1968, 1973, 1974, 1975 and 1976. During the 1970s the school district had to borrow monies from the state for school construction. In 1989 a $47.7 million bond issue was passed. In 2003 a $53 million bond issue (Measure C) was passed.
A $50 parcel tax failed in 1998. In 2001, a $109 per parcel tax (Measure A) was passed. In 2005, the parcel tax (Measure A) was increased to $189. In 2008, an emergency four year parcel tax (Measure H) was passed. The residential parcel rate was $120 and commercial rate was 15 cents per square foot, minimum of $120 and maximum of $9,500. Two lawsuits were filed challenging the legality of Measure H. Both parcel taxes, Measure A and Measure H are set to expire in 2012.
On March 15th, 2010, the AUSD Board of Trustees approved a resolution to put a measure on the ballot on June 22, 2010, in a vote-by-mail election, that would replace the taxes enacted by Measures A and H ($309/year for a residential parcel) with a new tax. ($659/year for a residential parcel.). The measure received 65.6% Yes votes falling short of requisite 2/3 needed to pass.
Borikas et al. v. Alameda Unified School District, Alameda County Superior Court, VG08-405316 (Measure H) Superior Court ruled in AUSD favor, June, 2010
Beery et al. v. Alameda Unified School District, Alameda County Superior Court, RG08-405984 (Measure H) Case consolidated with Borikas case
Cook, Dietrich v. Alameda Unified School District, Alameda County Superior Court, RG10-498999 (Alleged open meeting violation pertaining to Lesson 9) Dismissed by judge
Balde v. Alameda Unified School District, Alameda County Superior Court, RG09-468037 (Lesson 9)Judge rules in AUSD favor, November, 2009
- Alameda Community Learning Center
- Alameda Science And Technology Institute
- Amelia Earhart Elementary
- Bay Area School Of Enterprise
- Bay Farm Elementary
- Island High (Continuation)
- Henry Haight Elementary
- Franklin Elementary
- Frank Otis Elementary
- Donald D. Lum Elementary
- Chipman Middle
- William G. Paden Elementary
- Will C. Wood Middle
- Washington Elementary
- Ruby Bridges Elementary
- Encinal High
- Edison Elementary
- Alameda High