Last August, we were thrilled to welcome students back to school as we began to return a sense of normalcy at each of our elementary, middle, and high schools. We often hear from parents and community members that our high-performing local schools are part of what makes Alameda a great place to live, so it has been especially encouraging to see busy campuses and engaged students once again.
As an added bonus, students at many schools are returning to renovated classrooms, updated science labs, and reimagined campuses, thanks to Measure I, which Alameda voters approved in 2014. We’ve received overwhelmingly positive feedback for these Phase I improvements, which have included new and modernized classrooms and science labs at elementary and secondary sites, the complete transformation of the campus at Encinal Jr. & Sr. High School, and the award-winning restoration and renovation of the Historic Alameda High School.
We strive to ensure that each child has an equal opportunity for success, which is why there is more work to be done. While much of Phase I has already been completed, students at some schools are still learning in old and outdated classrooms and facilities.
Because of that, the Board of Education has placed a bond measure on the June 2022 ballot to fund Phase II upgrades to local schools. Phase II is aimed at first finishing basic repairs to keep schools safe and functioning and then providing state-of-the-art classrooms, labs, and other facilities to prepare students for future success.
If passed, the bond measure will raise approximately $298 million for facilities in AUSD. The average cost of the bond measure (for homeowners) will be $45/$100,000 of the property's assessed value, with the maximum amount estimated to be $55/$100,000 assessed value, which would be levied in 2037-38.
In 2014, Alameda voters approved Measure I to upgrade and modernize our local schools. We’ve received overwhelmingly positive feedback from the community for these Phase I improvements, which have included:
New classroom buildings at elementary and secondary sites
Modernized science labs and classrooms
Complete transformation of the campus at Encinal Junior and Senior High School
New, more secure offices at elementary and secondary schools
A new music room at Lincoln Middle School
An award-winning restoration and renovation of the Historic building at the Alameda High School
Safety and security upgrades at all campuses, including new fire alarms, locks, and PA systems
Infrastructure upgrades, including new HVAC systems, roofs, electrical, and technology
Yes. While much of Phase I has already been completed, there is still more work to be done. In fact, the district’s 2014 Facilities Master Plan identified more than $590 million in facility needs. Measure I provided the necessary funding for the most urgent priority upgrades, but additional needs remain. As such, students at some schools are still learning in old and outdated classrooms and facilities and AUSD is committed to ensuring that each child has an equal opportunity for success in equitable school facilities.
The District has placed a bond measure on the June 2022 ballot to complete Phase II repairs and upgrades, including a potential bond measure. Funding from a bond measure would be locally controlled and entirely dedicated to AUSD schools, ensuring that all students have equal access to equitable and enriching facilities in modernized schools.
Yes, AUSD’s facilities benefit the whole community and are available for public use. Residents and local organizations regularly use our schools, athletic facilities, and performance spaces for community events.
Phase II would help finish basic repairs to keep schools safe, fully functioning and accessible. These include updates to outdated electrical, ventilation and fire safety systems and improvements to lighting and school security systems. Phase II would also include upgrades to performing arts spaces and athletic facilities at the secondary level.
Yes, in addition to basic health and safety repairs, Phase II would fund updates to classrooms, labs and instructional technology. These updates are aimed at preparing students to compete at top colleges and for careers in today’s competitive global economy, in fields like computer science, medicine, biotech and media.
All Phase II improvements will build upon the lessons we learned from the COVID-19 pandemic — such as the importance of improved ventilation systems and outdoor learning spaces — that place an emphasis on student, teacher and staff safety.
The board placed a $298 million bond measure on the ballot to complete Phase II repairs, costing homeowners approximately $45 per $100,000 of assessed value annually. It’s important to note that the cost is derived from the assessed value of a home, not its current market value. Assessed value is based on the original purchase price of a home and is often much lower than its market value, particularly for longtime homeowners.
In 2016 and 2020, Alameda voters passed two parcel taxes, Measures B1and A, respectively. Those funds are crucial for teacher retention and maintaining small class sizes and helped the district avoid massive layoffs and cuts to academic programming. In order to finish the basic repairs to keep schools safe and functioning and provide modern learning environments, a bond measure — which can only fund capital improvements — is needed.
Request for Qualifications for Construction Projects (2023)
The Board of Education is planning a series of meetings and workshops in January and February to explore priority projects and funding options for Phase II of the Facilities Master Plan. Those meetings will take place:
January 25, 6:30 pm
Board of Education Meeting
February 17, 6:30 pm
Board of Education Meeting