Schools

The onetime leader of the College of Alameda, the head of Alameda Little League and no fewer than three onetime school board members are among the nearly two dozen people who have applied to fill the remainder of Mayor Trish Spencer’s term on the school board.

Candidates will be able to make their pitch at a public meeting set for 6 p.m. Thursday at Island High School. At that meeting, the school board will pick finalists for the position.

The board will interview the finalists and select someone to fill the open seat on February 3. Spencer vacated the seat after being elected mayor in November, with two years left in her school board term.

Schools leaders are set to issue $75 million in bonds for school construction projects and to consider which projects the money will pay for.

Tonight, the Board of Education will consider approving issuance of the first of three series of bonds and also, a list containing $6.3 million in roofing and paving projects schools officials hope to complete this summer. If the board signs off on issuing the bonds, district officials expect to have money in hand by May.

The board will also discuss additional projects at the Island’s elementary, middle and charter schools, with approval scheduled for January 27.

Schools leaders will soon be seeking applicants to fill the school board seat being vacated by Mayor-elect Trish Herrera Spencer.

The board voted 3-0 on Tuesday to begin the process of appointing someone to fill the remaining two years of Spencer’s term. Spencer recused herself from the decision while Nielsen Tam, who returned to the board Tuesday after several months of battling leukemia, was absent for the vote, the final one of the evening.

Schools officials have set up a procedure for commercial property owners to obtain partial refunds on the Measure H parcel tax.

The district has posted an application on its website for commercial property owners seeking refunds for taxes paid in late 2010 and 2011. The deadline for property owners seeking refunds for taxes paid in December 2010 is this coming December 15.

The final deadline for requesting a refund is April 15, 2015.

Alameda’s Board of Education said goodbye to a pair of exiting trustees Tuesday – and got the rundown on the big business the new board will embark on next year.

Alameda's Board of Education okayed a new elementary charter school Tuesday night. The school, which will be opened and operated by managers of the existing Academy of Alameda charter, is set to open kindergarten and first grade classes next fall.

"Tonight's vote is a validation of a lot of hard work motivated by our strong, heartfelt desire to to serve even more students starting at an earlier age in an effort to create a model Kindergarten through 8th grade program," The Academy's director, Matt Huxley, wrote in an e-mail to the middle school charter's families after winning approval on a 3-1 vote.

Leaders of The Academy of Alameda Middle School charter want to open a grade school program in the fall of 2015.

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.