Schools leaders seek seismic money for Alameda High

Schools leaders seek seismic money for Alameda High

Alamedan Staff
Historic Alameda High School

Schools leaders seeking state seismic repair funds for fixing Historic Alameda High are in a race against time.

Of the original, $10.4 billion in school construction and modernization bonds California voters authorized when they approved Proposition 1D in 2006, only $96 million remains for projects like the repairs contemplated for the historic high school, much of which was fenced off due to longstanding seismic safety issues. So school district staffers and the district's architect, Quattrochi Kwok Architects, are working quickly in an attempt to secure funding that will supplement the Measure I bond.

A representative from the architectural firm will provide an update on the high school renovation project and efforts to secure state funds for it at the school board's regular meeting tonight.

Restoration of the historic high school is on a list of projects to be funded by the $179.5 million Measure I school bond, which local voters okayed last November. Policymakers opted to set aside roughly $90 million to fix the Island's high schools. District leaders set aside $44 million to renovate Alameda High School, with construction expected to begin in the summer of 2017.

The architect is hoping to expedite the district's state submittals in order to "get in line" for state seismic bond money, a presentation to be offered Tuesday shows. So far, the state has said the school is eligible for funds; an optional, conceptual approval could commence in January 2016, with a formal application to follow that August.

If a proposed new state school bond is put on the November 2016 ballot and voters approve it, the work being done now could better position the district for a shot at those funds.

This summer, the district commenced paving projects at Alameda High and four other schools. One district committee is discussing safety and security measures to implement at Alameda's schools, while another will begin discussing technology standards this fall.

Additional information about the bond and bond projects is available on the district's website.

Separately, the board will receive a presentation on project labor agreements from a representative of the local carpenter's union that could ensure terms and conditions of employment before school construction projects start. The board will also receive a presentation from Superintendent Sean McPhetridge on his vision for the school district.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. today in council chambers on the third floor of City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue. It will be broadcast live on Comcast cable channel 15 and AT&T cable channel 99 and webcast live on the city's website. An agenda and materials are available on the school district's website.


Submitted by Don Peterson on Tue, Aug 11, 2015

That money pit of a building should of been taken down years ago. It is a shame that all the kids in Alameda schools are going without so some people can look at an out of date building that would serve them better if it were to go away.