Community Corner: Parent advisory committee apps, free parking and more

Community Corner: Parent advisory committee apps, free parking and more

Michele Ellson

School board member Mike McMahon gave awards to Special Olympians for their participation in the 35th annual Special Olympics Bowling Tournament at Alameda's AMF Bowling Center. Back row from left: Aida Rodas, Emil Bogognone, Daryl Quan, Mike McMahon. Front row: Erica Jacob, Kelly Kirk, Roger Anglin. Contributed photo.

The Alameda Unified School District is accepting applications for a new parent advisory committee that will review and provide feedback on a new, state-mandated accountability plan the school district is required to generate to receive state funding. Specifically, the group will need to include parents or guardians of foster youth, English learners, socioeconomically disadvantaged youth and students in transitional independent living. Ten parent/guardian spots are available, and the group is expected to meet monthly from January 2014 through May 2014. Additional information and applications are available on the school district website (linked above); at the district office, 2060 Challenger Road; and in the offices of each of the district’s schools. The deadline to apply is December 13, and appointments will be made on December 20.

The Alameda City Council is offering free parking in the Park Street and Webster Street business districts through the holiday shopping season. “Meter holidays” are this Friday, November 29; Saturday, November 30; and every Saturday in December. Alameda Patch, in partnership with American Express, will pick up shoppers’ parking tab on Saturday, in support of small businesses.

Special Olympics bowlers from all over Alameda County gathered on November 16 at Alameda’s AMF Bowling Center for their annual tournament. More than 200 bowlers participated in the tournament, playing in teams of six; medals were handed out to winners who took first through third places and ribbons to those in fourth through sixth places. The event is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Alameda, and in addition to local Kiwanians, volunteers came from the San Leandro Kiwanis Club, Alameda and Oakland high schools, The University at California business school and the Maritime Academy.

The Burlingame School District’s chief business officer is coming to Alameda. Robert Clark, who has served the Burlingame district in that capacity since 2008, is expected to join the Alameda Unified School District as its chief business officer in January. Clark, of Oakland, managed a bond program for school construction and modernization – something schools leaders here hope they’ll also soon be doing – and has worked as an elementary and middle school teacher and administrator. He’s replacing Robert Shemwell, who left the district earlier this year to work for another school district in Santa Cruz.

Rhythmix Cultural Works has initiated a Facelift Campaign in an effort to upgrade their Blanding Avenue home. The cultural institution hopes to raise $100,000 over the next two years to upgrade their elevator, raise their stage and offer more programming. Contributions can be made on the Rhythmix Cultural Works website.