I’m gearing up for a long night on Wednesday. Among many other agenda items, the Oakland school board will hear a report from the Ad Hoc Committee on Police Services (it hasn’t been posted as of this afternoon); a discussion about possible revisions to the district’s student grading policies and regulations; an update on the expansions of Burckhalter and Kaiser elementary schools; and lots of decisions about the use of district property.
The board will also vote on the Lazear Elementary School charter conversion petition. Staff has recommended denial, saying it presents an unsound program that is unlikely to be successful. Lazear is one of the five elementary schools the board voted last fall to close at the end of the school year.
FACILITIES DEALS: Proposition 39 is a California constitutional amendment passed in 2000 that, among other provisions, gave charter schools the right to available space in public school buildings. If the board adopts the below proposals, some of the city’s existing and new charters might open at schools that the district has shut down or planned to close.
There are so many of these facilities proposals on Wednesday’s agenda, they almost call for some sort of diagram. For now, I’ll try my best to sketch it out in words.
- Lazear Elementary, slated for closure in June, would be home to both the Bay Area Technology School and the Community School for Creative Education.
- Edward Shands Adult School, shuttered after massive adult education budget cuts (made districtwide, as well as statewide), would be used by Arise High School.
- Urban Montessori would move into the property on 2111 International Boulevard — now OUSD offices, but previously where Life Academy was. The district moved the high school in 2008, citing earthquake safety concerns. (The district’s spokesman has said that it is possible those OUSD departments will, in turn, move into Lakeview Elementary, another school that’s closing in June. That item is not on Wednesday’s agenda, but it might be discussed as part of this related item. )
- Santa Fe Elementary would be leased to Emery Unified for three years, at $500,000 annually.