Albany Unified School District

School Improvement Bond Measures

Excellence in Albany Schools

November 20, 2015

Albany Parents, Staff, Students & Community Stakeholders:

 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 and/or contact my office at


Board Work Study Sessions on Facility Needs:

November 24: City Hall at 7pm to 8:30pm (Revised time)

December 8: City Hall at 7pm to 8:30pm (Revised time)

January 26: City Hall at 7pm to 8:30pm


Val Williams, Superintendent

Attached are the following documents:

  1. Flyer Invitation to the Board of Education Workstudy Sessions
  2. Bond Timeline
  3. Facilities Bond Discussion
  4. Facilities Discussion - External Stakeholders
  5. Planning for a Successful Bond Measure - TBWB - 08_11_15