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Relocating Admin Offices Back to High School Has Always Been an Option, Facilitator Says

Alameda Unified School District current head office, 2060 Challenger Drive, Alameda. (Action Alameda News)

Alameda Unified School District current head office, 2060 Challenger Drive, Alameda. (Action Alameda News)

The option of moving Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) administrative offices back to the Alameda High School building has always been an option on the table, Jeff Cambra, the lead facilitator for the school’s community engagement process, told Action Alameda News.

Mr. Cambra, a candidate for Alameda City Council in last year’s election, was evidently responding to discussions on the matter taking place on AUSD Trustee Trish Spencer’s Facebook page. He was brought in by the district under a proposed $7,000 contract to lead a community engagement process to determine what to do with the Alameda High School building, now vacant and undergoing limited rehabilitation work.

Cambra reached out by e-mail to Action Alameda News to say that “misinformation” was circulating which suggested that school district officials would not consider moving administrative offices back into the building.

District officials have previously said that it would be too expensive to rehabilitate the entire building to standards that would support occupation by the administrators. However, Cambra was unaware of any cost estimates pegging a dollar amount to the effort. He did say that the district is contracting to get estimates. Action Alameda News has a pending public records request for any cost estimates that project full rehab costs.

Cambra said that a February facilities report (included below) included language that preserved the option to move administrative offices back to the building.

A survey of Alameda High School Alumni, published today by Trustee Spencer on her Facebook page, includes a preference option for use of the building for administrative offices.

Late last year, a planned $5.9 million purchase of the school district’s current administrative office building at 2060 Challenger Drive was scuttled after outrage from the community and the teachers union.

Tonight there will be another engagement meeting facilitated by Cambra, at 6:00 p.m., at the Alameda High School cafeteria, at 2200 Central Avenue.

AUSD Feb 12, 2013 Facilities Report

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