Letters to the Editor: A season of change for Alameda Unified

Letters to the Editor: A season of change for Alameda Unified

Letters to the Editor

This summer is a season of change in Alameda Unified School District. As many of you have heard, our superintendent, Kirsten Vital, has resigned her position as of August 1 to become the new superintendent of Capistrano Unified School District. Ms. Vital has served our students and families for nearly six years. We thank her for her strong instructional work to improve the teaching and learning for all of our children. Please join us at 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 22 at the Elks Lodge Rathskellar for a farewell reception to honor Ms. Vital’s work and to wish her well in her new position!

What happens now? The Board of Education has begun the search for an interim superintendent who will be hired to serve Alameda Unified for up to one school year. The interviews for this important position will be held this week, and we plan on having the interim superintendent begin as soon as possible in his or her new role.

Once school has started, we will develop the process for a larger search for a committed, permanent superintendent to lead and guide our district. Administrators, teachers, staff and community members will all have a chance to participate in this process of developing a profile, a needs assessment, and potential questions to ask aspiring candidates.

Change can be difficult, but please be assured that both the Board of Education and district staff plan to make the transition to an interim superintendent as smooth as possible. Alameda Unified is fortunate to have excellent employees at each of our schools, as well as district office staffers who are committed to providing stable leadership. As such, schools will open on August 25 just as they always do – with clean classrooms; rested, enthusiastic staff; and excited children!

In other Alameda Unified School District news, the Board of Education voted 4-1 in June to place a school facilities bond on the November ballot in the amount of $179 million. If the bond passes, half of the funds will go to improving safety, security, technology, and critical infrastructural needs at our elementary and middle schools. The other half will be held aside for our high schools to be modernized. The reason we are waiting to work on the high schools is that our community must come together to decide what we want our high schools to look like, including whether we want one high school or continue to have two. I have heard strong arguments for both perspectives over the last few months; I truly hope many of you will take part in these discussions next fall.

I know some of you support this bond measure passionately and some of you have questions. Again, I look forward to robust discussions about this over the next few months. Please don't hesitate to contact me at margiesherratt@alameda.k12.ca.us with your thoughts or questions about the interim superintendent, a permanent superintendent, or the upcoming bond elections. I value all of your ideas and perspectives.

Margie Sherratt
President, Board of Education