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School Board: Seismic Upgrades, Recycling Goal

Also on tonight's agenda: adoption of an official calendar for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Recycling, an official calendar for the next academic year, transitioning the Adult School to the City of Albany and seismic upgrades at Marin and Ocean View Schools are all on the agenda when the Albany Unified School Distirct's Board of Education meets tonight at Albany City Hall, 1000 San Pablo Ave. A closed sessio begins at 6 p.m., with the public session scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

The school board will decide whether to become a "priority partner" with Stopwaste.Org, a partnership would require the Albany Unified School District to provide recycling and organics services and to commit to reducing the amount of readily recyclable and compostable materials sent to the landfill to less than 10 percent by 2020, according to an AUSD announcement.

In exchange for this commitment by the District, Stopwaste.Org would continue to provide its free assemblies, transfer station tours, custodial and teacher trainings, in-classroom support for student action projects and support for service learning curriculum activities.

The district already diverts 58 percent of its trash from landfills through these established recycling and composting programs, the announcement says.

In the past year, the district’s recycling and composting efforts reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 8,113 tons, and Ocean View Elementary School and MacGregor High School have some of the best school waste diversion programs in the State, according to the AUSD. 

The agenda and accompanying staff reports for tonight's meeting are available on the AUSD website here.

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