Junior Jets

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your 60-second week in review. Here are your Alameda headlines for the week.

Harbor Bay ferry riders who are struggling to find someplace to park may soon have new legal, on-street options. But some homeowners who live near the ferry terminal say they want better parking enforcement, not relaxed restrictions.

The Encinal Jets – and the Junior Jets – are about to become one big, happy family.

Tonight, the school board will consider whether to combine Encinal High School and the Junior Jets middle school program on the Encinal campus into a single school. If the board grants its okay, the new school will be called Encinal Junior/Senior High School.

To help families navigate their middle school options, The Alamedan asked the leaders of Alameda’s public middle school options to offer some basic information about their programs.

The school district is accepting proposals for new magnet schools and innovative school programs that could be open for business by the fall of 2015.

Assistant Superintendent Barbara Adams said some schools have expressed interest in starting a new program, but nothing specific is in the works yet. Proposals for new programs will be due in June, while those from schools seeking to copy existing programs are due a few months earlier, in March.

Brand-new programs that win school board approval would open in the fall of 2016, while programs that replicate existing innovative or magnet programs would open a year earlier, in 2015.

UPDATED at 4:10 p.m. Tuesday, September 10 to reflect results of state investigation.

Officials with the California Department of Education said Alameda schools officials followed the law when they moved more than a dozen special education students from Will C. Wood Middle School to the new Junior Jets program on the Encinal High School campus this year.

Updated at 12:49 p.m. Sunday, February 24 in bold.

For the past several years, Alameda’s schools leaders have worked with educators and parents to put new schooling programs in place to meet parents’ desire for a broader range of educational options – and in doing so, retain families who might otherwise seek out charters or private schools for their children. But the district’s most recent effort to launch a middle school on the Encinal High School campus is colliding with one of the district’s foremost constraints – space – igniting frustrations and also, long-held anxieties about how some schools and students are perceived.

Those concerns boiled over at an informational workshop the Board of Education held at Encinal on Tuesday night, where four of five schools trustees said they would like to proceed with a full “Junior Jets” middle school program on the Encinal campus next year and three said the district should proceed with its offer to house the Alameda Community Learning Center, which has sat on the Encinal campus for 18 years, at Wood Middle School.

Alameda's Board of Education met Tuesday to talk about a proposal to move the Alameda Community Learning Center to Wood Middle School and to give proponents of a new Junior Jets middle school program opening up at Encinal High next year to talk about their program. Here's what people said, in Tweet; Donna Eyestone's videos of Tuesday's meeting are below.

Alameda’s Board of Education will be taking a closer look at plans to start a middle school magnet on the Encinal High School campus this fall – plans that prompted a controversial proposal to move the Alameda Community Learning Center onto the Wood Middle School campus.

The board will hold a workshop Tuesday to discuss the new “Junior Jets” program and its displacement of ACLC, a charter school serving students in grades 6-12 that has been on the Encinal campus for 18 years. Final details for the public workshop are still being worked out.