Schools

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.

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.