facilities master plan

Alameda Unified's leaders want to fix and upgrade the district's schools.

A few dozen parents, preservationists and school staffers turned out Monday to offer their thoughts on proposed upgrades that could once again put students into Historic Alameda High School and replace dozens of portable classrooms, improve drop-off areas and boost security at schools across the Island.

Alameda’s Board of Education has selected an architect to craft a master facilities plan for the school district – its first major facilities plan in half a century.

Quattrochi Kwok Architects will put together the plan, which is expected to be the basis for a series of facilities bonds the school board is expected to put before voters. The board will vote on the work they expect the Santa Rosa-based firm to do – and the price for that work – on October 22.

If approved, the planning effort would begin this month and be completed in June 2014. District leaders had hoped to be ready to put its first facilities bond on the ballot by May 2014.