Schools

Jane Grimaldi is finishing her sixth year as a parent at Will C. Wood Middle School. When she started, “it was kind of a given that everybody went to Wood,” Grimaldi said.

In the years that followed, that reputation slipped away. The school’s enrollment dropped and its test scores faltered; as enrollment dipped, Wood lost newer and more innovative teachers. Its leadership turned over on an almost annual basis, and families feared the school was on the brink of closure.

But now, the school’s boosters are working to effect a turnaround.

Alameda’s public schools could be educating about 1,000 more students a decade from now – many of them in West End and mid-Island schools.

The forecast growth is detailed in a new demographic study commissioned to support the school district’s effort to draft a facilities plan to meet students’ needs now and in the future. The report was presented to the Board of Education on Tuesday.

School board members got the 411 on future enrollment projections, bond preparations and more. Here's the tweet by tweet.

Parents at Maya Lin School are asking schools officials to move cell phone antennae perched on the school’s roof to a building that doesn’t house children and to use an upcoming contract renewal as an opportunity to review whether the deal to put a cell tower on the school was inked legally.

Alameda's Board of Ed considered a land and cash swap deal with the city, interim budget figures and more. Here's our tweet by tweet.

Alameda schools officials are crediting new, more progressive discipline policies for a drop in suspensions and expulsions.

To help families navigate their middle school options, The Alamedan asked the leaders of Alameda’s public middle school options to offer some basic information about their programs.

Alameda's Board of Ed offered their thoughts on plans to implement at STEAM program at Will C. Wood Middle School, a complex cash and land deal with the city and physical education requirements at the Island's high schools. Here's the tweet by tweet.

Supporting and maintaining new computers and equipment are proving to be challenges the district may need to hire more staff and broaden bandwidth to address.

On Tuesday night the school board got a rundown on Alameda Unified's English learners and had a lengthy tech talk. Here's the tweet by tweet.