Alameda Unified School District

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.

Alameda's Board of Education has signed off on a pair of contracts for the school district's teachers and paraprofessionals.

On June 23 the board unanimously okayed a one-year agreement with the district's teachers and a three-year agreement with the paraprofessionals union. District and union officials are still working on a contract to cover Alameda Unified's custodians.

The Alameda Unified School District and its teachers have reached a tentative, one-year contract accord, the first time in a decade they have done so prior to the expiration of their existing contract.

The new contract, which must still be approved by teachers and the Board of Education, gives teachers a 4 percent pay raise next year and allots money to boost teachers' hourly rate, increase stipends for speech and language pathologists and help pay teachers' dental insurance costs. The district also agreed to cover teachers' expected pension cost hikes this year, a press release issued by the district on Tuesday afternoon says.

Schools officials have set up a procedure for commercial property owners to obtain partial refunds on the Measure H parcel tax.

The district has posted an application on its website for commercial property owners seeking refunds for taxes paid in late 2010 and 2011. The deadline for property owners seeking refunds for taxes paid in December 2010 is this coming December 15.

The final deadline for requesting a refund is April 15, 2015.

Schools leaders are preparing to hire veteran Alameda schools administrator Sean McPhetridge to serve as the Island's interim schools chief for the 2014-15 school year.

McPhetridge resigned his posted as assistant superintendent in 2013, after serving three years. He has also served as Alameda Unified's director of secondary and career technical education, principal of the Alameda Science and Technology Institute early college magnet high school and a vice principal at Alameda High School.

This past June he was hired on as the Alameda County Office of Education's interim director of student programs and services, his LinkedIn profile shows.

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Should Alameda’s schools go solar? School board members will discuss the merits tonight of moving forward with a plan to install solar panels atop Alameda’s public schools.

Alameda schools Superintendent Kirsten M. Vital is leaving the Island to run the San Juan Capistrano School District. A contract is expected to be approved by that district's board on Wednesday, the Southern California district announced Thursday.

Alameda Unified’s pension costs could nearly triple and those of its teachers could rise by 25 percent under Governor Jerry Brown’s proposal to reform the California State Teachers Retirement System, or CalSTRS.