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.
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 April, the Board received an updated demographic study. In June, the Board voted to place a $179 million bond measure on the November ballot. The measure passed with 62.6%.
In March the Board of Education approved the phasing of construction for the bond measure.
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