Kirsten Vital

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’s public school parents have been pushing for security upgrades in the wake of a mass murder at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. and a rash of frightening incidents at schools here on the Island.

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The City Council will be considering a pair of key decisions Tuesday with implications for the both the near-term and farther-flung future of Alameda Point. The council will consider whether to hire a new company to manage and lease all of the city’s property – including Alameda Point – and also, whether to approve a proposed list of evaluation criteria for assessing development proposals for the former Navy base.

The school board on Tuesday extended Superintendent Kirsten Vital’s contract for an additional year, members said, to provide some continuity in the district office as the district seeks to create and fund a plan for the future of its facilities in the face of major changes to the way schooling is delivered and paid for.

Alameda’s teachers will be getting the raises their union proposed last April under a tentative agreement they’ll be voting on next week, deal points obtained and released by a local blogger show. If approved by teachers and the Board of Education, the deal will cap two years of contentious negotiations whose closure required the assistance of a state legislator.

Neither side wished to offer additional contract details or comment on Wednesday.

Video by Donna Eyestone.

Scores of teachers and their supporters stormed City Hall on Tuesday night to demand a new contract from Alameda school district leaders, following all-night settlement talks that ended without a deal being reached.

Two weeks ago, we asked the community for their questions regarding negotiations over a new contract for Alameda's teachers. Today we publish responses from Superintendent Kirsten Vital and Alameda Education Association President Gray Harris.

School district officials have released dozens of grievances filed over the years Kirsten Vital has served as Alameda Unified's superintendent, documents that cast fresh light on teachers’ claims of a lack of respect from school administrators and on the reasoning behind new rules on teacher evaluations and discipline their union wants included in a new contract.

The head of Alameda’s teacher’s union is casting teachers’ decisive rejection of a tentative contract agreement as a referendum on the administration of Superintendent Kirsten Vital, while Vital is questioning why the union’s leaders would present the deal only to dismiss it as “inferior” after teachers voted it down.

“What this all boils down to is an issue of trust,” Alameda Education Association president Gray Harris wrote in a community letter explaining last week’s vote, the teachers’ first no vote on an agreement in local educators’ memory. “The teachers do not trust this administration and they do not like the direction our district is heading.”