Schools

The school board is preparing to cancel contracts that put cell phone antennae on top of a pair of Alameda schools.

In a closed-door session, the board opted to direct school district staff to notify the owners of cell antennae installed atop Maya Lin School and Will C. Wood Middle School that their contracts will be terminated, board president Margie Sherratt announced at the start of Tuesday’s school board meeting.

A vote to terminate the contracts – both held by AT&T – is set to take place on September 23, Sherratt announced. She said the contracts would be terminated in a year.

School board president Margie Sherratt's surprise announcement that the board plans to cancel contracts permitting cell antennae at two schools dominated Tuesday night's news. We've got that and more, in tweets.

Schools leaders are seeking the public’s input on a plan to illuminate one of a pair of baseball diamonds at Will C. Wood Middle School.

Alameda charter school staffers’ decision to unionize is receiving national attention. The incoming president of the National Education Association – a national teachers union – is coming to Alameda to shine light on the organizing efforts of staffers at Alameda Community Learning Center and Nea Community Learning Center.

Alameda’s Board of Education has hired veteran Alameda schools administrator Sean McPhetridge to serve as the Island's interim schools chief for the 2014-15 school year, which starts on August 25.

School board members are pushing for the removal of cell phone towers perched atop three Alameda schools.

Board member Mike McMahon said the district will scrutinize a trio of contracts permitting cell phone service providers to maintain antennae on top of Maya Lin School, Will C. Wood Middle School and Alameda High School to see if the district can legally exit them, and he and other board members said they’ll begin discussing their efforts to address the cell tower issue in public since they haven’t been able to resolve them in private.

Schools leaders are preparing to hire veteran Alameda schools administrator Sean McPhetridge to serve as the Island's interim schools chief for the 2014-15 school year.

McPhetridge resigned his posted as assistant superintendent in 2013, after serving three years. He has also served as Alameda Unified's director of secondary and career technical education, principal of the Alameda Science and Technology Institute early college magnet high school and a vice principal at Alameda High School.

This past June he was hired on as the Alameda County Office of Education's interim director of student programs and services, his LinkedIn profile shows.

An Encinal High School teacher and his supporters are battling schools administrators’ decision to transfer him to a different high school, the latest in a string of hotly contested teacher transfers on which the school board has been asked to weigh in.

Should Alameda have one comprehensive high school or two? That’s one of the main questions facing schools leaders as their proposed $179.5 million facilities bond heads toward a November vote.

Voters will get the chance to decide this November whether they want to pay for $179.5 million in bonds to repair and modernize Alameda’s schools.

The school board voted 4-1 Tuesday to place the bond on the ballot, ending months of will-they-or-won’t-they wrangling that saw some board members support, then retreat from a plan to focus bond spending on Alameda’s high schools and one – Barbara Kahn – cast the final vote needed to move forward after saying she planned to vote no.