The Facebook page for the Alameda Education Association, the labor union representing teachers in the Alameda Unified School District, lit up after the school district board of trustees approved a $3.5 million plan to move the district’s headquarters office from Alameda High School to privately leased space near Marina Village.
Previously Alameda Education Association (AEA) president Gray Harris had directed Action Alameda News to the group’s Facebook page when asked for comment.
On Friday evening, after the vote, the group posted on its Facebook page, “And the results are: Spencer and Sherratt vote no, McMahon and Tam and Mooney vote yes. This means the District will spend the $3.5 million on new office space. Please remember this in November when you choose new Board members.”
Two school board trustees, Trish Spencer and Ron Mooney are up for re-election this November.
The condemnation of the board from union, teachers and members of the public was stern:
“It is sad to see a crowd of educators, contractors, architects and design professionals trying to reason with the board at the podium while they close their eyes and tune out our professional experience comments.”
“I’m so sad at the direction this district has gone. EHS has broken windows.. Over a dozen classrooms with chalkboards, broken heaters, filthy stained carpets, classrooms with peeling paint, a blacktop area rutted with holes, faded no. Existed lines for basketball courts.. I can go on and on!”
“The voices of experts spoke against the rashness of this move, they spoke on several occasions, they spoke from different perspectives and presented different reasons; none from the community spoke in favor (in spite of the superintendents claim that 6000 households had been called).”
“Lets just say that I will not be voting for the Board members who vote yes on this item (If they decide to run for election again). This is not fiscally responsible to me.”
The school district has an option to buy the leased location at 2060 Challenger Drive which expires at the end of next year.