School Improvement Bond Measures: Letter Regarding the Survey
November 20, 2015
Albany Parents, Staff, Students & Community Stakeholders:
Albany schools consistently perform among the highest in the state. Innovative programs, excellent teachers and rigorous academic courses prepare our students for college and future careers. We’re fortunate to have a community that places a high value on education. Our excellent schools contribute to our quality of life and help sustain property values.
School Seismic & Safety Improvements: In 2012 and 2013, a team of structural engineers assessed the seismic safety of all of our school buildings. It was determined that two of our elementary schools, Marin and Ocean View, require significant seismic improvements. These seismic repairs, in addition to school safety improvements and accessibility updates, are needed to help ensure classrooms meet today’s safety standards.
Addressing School Overcrowding: High levels of student achievement in Albany consistently make our neighborhoods desirable and attract new families to our community. The number of students in our district has increased by an average of 275 every five years and will continue to grow for the foreseeable future. Additional classrooms are needed to accommodate growing student enrollment and help ensure that we maintain high-quality education.
Providing a Modern Learning Environment: Our local schools also require improvements to ensure they support teaching and learning that prepare students for college and future careers. Updates to classrooms, science labs and instructional technology are needed so students have a solid background in subjects like science, technology, engineering and math.
Addressing Safety and Modernization Projects: The Board of Education is evaluating options to address the seismic safety, school overcrowding and modernization needs. Facility improvements of this magnitude are beyond the scope of the school district’s operating budget, so the District is considering the possibility of placing school improvement bond measures on the June 2016 ballot.
Community Stakeholder Engagement & Feedback: As the Board of Education refines school facility needs and funding options, community stakeholder engagement and feedback is valued. Please take time to attend our Board of Education work study sessions listed below and complete the facilities survey to let us know your priorities. Please click here to access our survey: AUSD Facilities Survey.
For more information about the needs of our schools or the potential school improvement bond measures, please visit the AUSD website at www.ausdk12.org and/or contact my office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Val Williams, Superintendent
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