Schools

Alameda's Board of Education decided to pull the trigger on a bond this November, passed a budget for next year and discussed a new group of innovative school programs. Here's how it all went down.

Alameda schools Superintendent Kirsten M. Vital is leaving the Island to run the San Juan Capistrano School District. A contract is expected to be approved by that district's board on Wednesday, the Southern California district announced Thursday.

School board members okayed a spending plan Tuesday for a proposed facilities bond, though the board may ultimately decide not to place the bond on the ballot in November.

The board voted 3-2 to approve a new bond spending plan that would see the school district spending about $85 million on its two main high schools – half of what board members originally considered – and the rest on middle and high schools. The plan board members originally considered would have the district spending almost all of the $179.5 million it could seek on modernizing its two main high schools.

Alameda's Board of Education okayed a spending plan for a school bond Tuesday, but it's not yet clear whether they will put a bond on the ballot this fall. Here's what we got, and what you said about it.

After 15 years as an art teacher at St. Joseph Elementary School, Annie Heller was considering retirement to take care of an aging parent. But new contract language that seeks to dictate the private conduct of teachers in all of the schools operated by the Catholic Church’s Oakland diocese sealed her decision to move on.

Alameda Unified’s pension costs could nearly triple and those of its teachers could rise by 25 percent under Governor Jerry Brown’s proposal to reform the California State Teachers Retirement System, or CalSTRS.

Alameda’s Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to take another step toward putting a bond measure on the November ballot.

The vote capped a wild evening that saw a pair of board members – Barbara Kahn and Trish Spencer – announce they wouldn’t support a proposal to ask voters for a bond focused on transforming Alameda’s two main high schools, moves that appeared to kill the district’s bond plans since four votes will be needed to put a proposal on the ballot.

The Board of Education voted unanimously to move forward on a proposed bond measure - just when it appeared they were putting one off until 2016. Here's the tweet by tweet.

Alameda’s Catholic school teachers are signing contracts containing controversial new language requiring their private behavior to model and promote Catholic teachings.

Oakland Diocese spokesman Mike Brown said that teachers at all of the diocese’s schools signed the new contract, except for three from Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland. Teachers at all of the diocese’s schools, who sign a contract annually, received their 2014-15 contract in mid-April and were given until May 9 to sign.

“We hope that those who didn’t sign did so completely informed as to the Bishop’s meaning and intent,” Brown said.

Alameda's high school graduation rates outpace those of Alameda County and the state, though the data - for the 2012-13 school year - varied by school and group.