The Agenda: Teacher contract, North Park Street design

The Agenda: Teacher contract, North Park Street design

Michele Ellson

For the week of March 18

UPDATED at 10:17 a.m. March 18 to note changes in City Council agenda.

This week’s civic calendar includes a double-header of meetings Tuesday, when both the City Council and the Board of Education get together.

Board of Education

The public session begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Alameda High School cafeteria, corner of Central Avenue and Walnut Street.

On the agenda: The board is set to consider approval of a new contract with Alameda’s teachers and also, whether to designate an existing special reserve fund of $5.8 million as Measure H parcel tax refund money in the event a court decides the school district should offer refunds to some commercial property owners, which was collected between 2008-2011. The fund was set up in 2008 and the school board voted in June 2012 to ensure the school district had a strategic reserve equal to a month’s payroll in order to address “unforeseen circumstances.” District staff will also offer an evaluation of a trio of instructional initiatives that aim to boost student achievement and information on the district’s English language learners; spending of $6.6 million in annual “Tier III” program money that has funded programs like adult education, professional development and class size reduction; and distribution of the district’s “highly qualified” teachers.

More information: Agenda and materials are here; the meeting will not be televised, but a video will be posted to the school district’s website after the meeting occurs.

City Council

The City Council’s public session begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers at City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue.

On the agenda: A public hearing on a design palette intended to guide the revitalization of the northern portion of Park Street – Alameda’s former auto row – and its environs has been postponed until April 2 due to a lack of proper noticing. The City Council will discuss a resolution voicing support for a nature reserve at Alameda Point; the resolution was brought to council members by residents who have long sought a wildlife refuge there that would serve as home to several species that can be found at the Point, including the endangered California least tern.

More information: Agenda and materials are here; the meeting will be televised live on Comcast cable channel 15 and video will be available on the city’s website after it concludes.