Phase II Repairs and Upgrades
BUILDING BETTER FUTURES FOR STUDENTS
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 While much of Phase I has already been completed, students at some schools are still learning in old and outdated classrooms and facilities.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.
LOCALLY CONTROLLED BOND FUNDING TO SUPPORT STUDENT SAFETY AND 21ST-CENTURY EDUCATION
- Modernizing schools so that they are easier to keep clean, well maintained, and in good condition
Upgrading classrooms, science labs and career training facilities to support high-quality academic programs in science, technology, reading, writing and math
Creating new classroom buildings to replace deteriorating structures
Updating performance spaces, athletic facilities, gymnasiums, and outdoor learning spaces
Replacing out-of-date plumbing to save water and improve water quality, and outdated heating/cooling systems for energy efficiency and safe air quality
Modernizing outdated middle school science labs to prepare students for high school and college
Making essential upgrades to earthquake safety and school security, with improved lighting, electrical, and security systems
FISCAL ACCOUNTABILITY REQUIREMENTS
All funds would be spent in Alameda and could not be taken by the State
- A project list would ensure all funds are spent as authorized by the voter
Independent audits and a Citizens’ Oversight Committee would be required
No funds could be used for administrators’ salaries or benefits
If passed, the bond measure will raise approximately $298 million for facilities in AUSD. The average cost of the bond measure (for home owners) 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.
REQUEST FOR STATEMENT OF QUALIFICATION FOR ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES 2022
- What improvements have been made to Alameda schools in recent years?
- Is further work needed to repair, upgrade and modernize local schools?
- How would the District fund these needed upgrades?
- Would these repairs support the community at large?
- What sort of basic repairs are included in Phase II?
- Will Phase II fund new construction as well?
- Does Phase II also include classroom modernizations and updates to meet current learning standards?
- How will the educational changes of the last two years affect Phase II?
- What priority repairs and improvements could a bond measure support?
- Do bond measures include fiscal accountability provisions and taxpayer protections?
- How much would this measure cost?
- Didn’t we just pass Measures A and B1? Why do we need this?