Life Academy teachers and families were in for a shock this week when they learned the small, 7-year-old science-focused high school will soon have to move from its spot in the San Antonio district to another, yet unknown, school campus.
The problem? Life Academy is located in a converted American Red Cross building, rather than in a structure designed to house a school.
photo courtesy of Life Academy
A letter sent to families this week stressed that the building meets the city’s standards and that it was not damaged in the Loma Prieta quake in 1989. Still, it says that it “probably” does not comply with the Field Act, a decades-old state law that regulates the safety of K-12 school facilities (with the notable exception of charter schools). The matter apparently popped up on the central office radar after the school applied for a grant to build a science wing.
Clifford Lee, a teacher at Life Academy, said many fear the school will have to move miles away from the Fruitvale/San Antonio neighborhoods where most of its students live. They also suspect they will have to share a campus with another school.
“How could you move an entire school based on “probably will not comply?” Lee asked.
The Oakland school district is holding a community meeting on the matter at 5:30 p.m. Wed., April 2 in the central office administration building, 1025 Second Ave.
Here is the letter: