In a press release issued late yesterday, the Alameda Unified School District conceded defeat on Measure E, with only 35% of registered voters voting in favor of the measure. Less than two-thirds of the 21,966 votes cast were in favor of the measure, sending it to defeat. However, the District plans no school closures for the 2010/11 school year.
Reports from the Alameda County Registrar of Voters show that there were 41,658 voters registered for this election. 14,415, or 35%, of them voted “yes.” Of the 21,966 votes cast, 14,415 (65.62%) votes were “yes” votes and 7,551 were “no” votes. The measure needed approval from two-thirds (66.67%) of those voting to pass.
District School Superintendent Kirsten Vital, in a statement, said, “A two-thirds vote is often times an impossible hurdle to overcome, yet we came very close.”
Ed Hirshberg, the Treasurer for Committee Against Measure E, said in a prepared statement, “Today we have won an important battle for fair taxation, control of government spending and return to a robust economy that can support the social services we the people desire. This is a victory in the fight against predatory taxation.”
Despite the defeat, however, the District said that no school closures are planned for the school year beginning this fall. In their announcement, the District wrote:
The Board of Education will convene a special meeting on June 29, 2010 to provide staff with direction as to the implementation of Plan B in the Master Plan. This will likely mean that school closure and/or reconfiguration planning process will begin in the fall of 2010 with actual closures occurring in the 2011/2012 school year.
As of press time, the District had not responded to a request from Action Alameda News to acknowledge that another, successful attempt by the District to pass a parcel tax over the next several months, or a change for the better in State funding for schools, might mean that no schools in Alameda would need to close.