Alameda Unified School District Superintendent Ardella Daily, under pressure from Action Alameda, has reluctantly agreed to track and report on redevelopment money set aside for the school district by the City of Alameda.
According to a 1991 agreement between Alameda Unified School District and the Community Improvement Commission of the City of Alameda, the Community Improvement Commission sets aside money for the school district in a District Housing Fund and a District Capital Outlay Fund, which are to be used to build low-income housing primarily for district employees and for school building and facilities upgrades, respectively. The funds are held by the City of Alameda and not currently reported individually on the City’s books. Through public record requests, Action Alameda learned that the current collective balance of the two funds is roughly $4 million.
Superintendent Daily indicated that the school district will place an audit note on the district’s books so that each year the fund balances are reported. But it seemed to pain Ms. Daily greatly to have to track and report on the money – money that is set aside for her school district – as she made a point to say “…to further clarify, as long as the funds remain with the city, we are not required to report it or keep track of it.”
(Video is Copyright 2008 All Rights Reserved, Don Roberts of Alameda Daily News. Video used here by Action Alameda with the express permission of Don Roberts.)