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Marsha Skinner April 22, 2014 at 08:40 pm
Tonight the Board approved the proposed contract without changes ( ie the $205,000 BASE as above)Read More The entire thing is 8 pages long
Molly Martinez April 22, 2014 at 10:19 pm
A salary increase of nearly 50% for a lateral move to a smaller district -- well done!
SteveWu April 23, 2014 at 09:26 am
With our current bubbly real estate market, you need that much income to afford a 2 bedroom house inRead More Albany, which is going for about $700,000 now. Lord help the rank and file teacher, who is more likely to be evicted than be able to buy a place in Albany.
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dorthy manser April 7, 2014 at 09:55 am
Unfortunately, Susan, there are far too many otherwise intelligent people who believe nonsense aboutRead More vaccinations and find loopholes. It would seem that it will take many deaths from preventable diseases before people wake up to the danger posed by pseudoscientific clap-trap peddled by celebrity know-nothings like Jenny "University of Google" McCarthy.
Susan April 7, 2014 at 01:17 pm
you are SO right.
dorthy manser April 7, 2014 at 01:23 pm
And of course the real tragedy is that they are putting those who are most venerable, theRead More immunocompromised and the very young at the greatest risk. Sometimes ignorance and superstition is relatively harmless, but in this case it is downright dangerous.
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Robert Marshall February 25, 2014 at 08:34 am
Yet again another ballot measure to make a "temporary" parcel tax seemingly permanent.Read More Mind you I'm not against parcel taxes per se, it's just that I'd prefer the authors to be truthful when they write the ballot measure and say you'll be stuck with it due to unending, and seemingly rubber stamped, approvals.
Alan Eckert February 25, 2014 at 09:45 am
I got a survey call last week or the week before on this same issue. What is missing are the exactRead More plans for this money. I think we still haven't been told what was done with the last/current funds. I also think there was a sudden appearance of a large amount of money. Where did that come from? The books aren't very clear, and I won't be voting for this unless it is made clear just what will be done with the money.
Alan Riffer February 26, 2014 at 03:46 pm
Alan, I also was called last week. It was clear from the questions that the purposes of the callRead More were to determine the largest amount that two-thirds of the voters would support and the uses of the proceeds that would generate the most support. Setting priorities before the survey would be premature, from the perspective of maximizing the likelihood of passage. The first schools parcel tax in Albany in 1987 was the most specific as to the use of the proceeds. Each election since then has provided more flexibility to the Board.
Ted Agu Photo Credit: Cal Athletics
Ann W. February 13, 2014 at 08:10 am
JSanders... why don't you explain what you think "Destined for Greatness" means to you? IfRead More you have watched the news and seen the interviews with many of his fellow students and coaches, it seems as though this young man had an upbeat and inspiring personality that affected those around him in a positive way. In my book that is greatness. To be a person who brings out the best in others is truly rare. I imagine my definition of greatness is likely different than yours, simply because there is not much that I have ever agreed with you when I see your postings on this site. The negative comments that I read sadden me, and even more so the number of recommendations following those comments. It says a lot about the negativity either of this community or the followers on this website. Pearson Lyverse gave a personal perspective which I certainly appreciated, why do you need to refer to it as a "rant." It is simply disrespectful. The REAL topic here is a life lost too soon.
Autumn Johnson (Editor) February 13, 2014 at 09:10 am
"He was destined for greatness" is a quote from one of the people posting online about hisRead More death. scroll through the Storify curation and you will see what I am referring to.
Ann W. February 13, 2014 at 09:20 am
I would still like to hear JSanders definition of "Greatness." He seems to have the needRead More to diminish the perspective of those who actually knew him.
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JW February 11, 2014 at 06:53 am
What is happening? For the past 3-4 mornings I've gotten a news feed from Patch with this sameRead More headline. and story.
dorthy manser February 11, 2014 at 06:46 pm
It's a zombie site, JW. As they say, the wheel is turning, but the hamster is dead.
Autumn Johnson (Editor) February 11, 2014 at 07:28 pm
This site has an editor but our pinning feature had a glitch. It is unpinned now.
The school board of the Albany Unified School District at its Dec. 19, 2013 meeting. Photo is screen grab from KALB live stream of the meeting.
Robert Marshall December 20, 2013 at 09:21 am
Rebuild Ocean View? Is there something physically wrong with it, or is this just a case of wantingRead More to modernize the school?
Charles Burress (Editor) December 20, 2013 at 10:42 am
The district says both Marin and Ocean View don't meet seismic safety requirements.
Ross Stapleton-Gray December 20, 2013 at 11:04 am
Though didn't we hear, in the past, that it wasn't a case of "If the big one hits, someone willRead More get killed," but more "If there's a serious quake, the structures will be compromised enough that repairing, as opposed to replacing, will be impossible?" If that were the case, I'd have to think that getting (what could be many) more years out of them would make sense; on the other hand, borrowing is currently very cheap, and may get more expensive in a year or two. If I were designing a replacement for Marin, I'd make it two stories on the Curtis Street side, the way that Thousand Oaks Elementary uses the downslope of the site. It'd be wonderful to up the density, and reclaim some open space, even some actual grass to run and fall on...
The Albany school board elected Jonathan Knight as its new President and Allan Maris as its new Vice President at the Dec. 10, 2013 meeting. Photo: screen grab from KALB video broadcast of the meeting
Marsha Skinner December 11, 2013 at 12:01 pm
If the Board officers had changed a year ago, this continuity problem could have been avoided. TheRead More recent Board President and VP served for two years, not one. Knight should have moved into the Board President job a year ago, with someone then serving as VP , who would be ready to be Board President now. The normal pattern in the "olden days" was for the top vote getter in the past election to move into the VP slot . Thus, you have someone whose term has begun recently, ready to be Board President.
Brian Parsley December 11, 2013 at 05:16 pm
I found that strange as well considering at the November 26 meeting both Member Low and MemberRead More Rosenbaum stated they were not currently interested in assuming either the office of the President or Vice President of the Board.
Albany Unified School District offices at Monroe and Jackson streets. Photo Credit: Charles Burress, May 26, 2013
David De Hart November 25, 2013 at 01:45 pm
Would it not be a perfect world if school board members included in the same sentence with "soRead More the district can keep and maybe even enhance its education program" adding: "while attracting and maintaining the best and most qualified teachers possible." It's easy to forget that without excellent teachers, there is no educational program.
University of California President Janet Napolitano. Photo courtesy of the University of California
Bronwen Rowlands November 15, 2013 at 03:50 am
Oof! What a fluff piece, Mr. Burress. You haven't even mentioned the controversy engendered byRead More Napolitano's appointment. See the Daily Cal here: http://tinyurl.com/otc5c8a
Kei November 12, 2013 at 06:34 am
Is this the same SEIU that the Chronicle named in an article yesterday as hampering security effortsRead More at the hospital there? Such nobility...
A table showing average K-3 class sizes in the Albany Unified School District. The chart is part of the agenda packet for a school board review of the issue at its Nov. 12, 2013 meeting.
doris November 11, 2013 at 10:39 am
Oh please, let's have more taxes. I feel so bad paying so few, I can't wait to pay more. We all knowRead More that's what it's all about.
Dave November 12, 2013 at 10:03 pm
Doris- It is about giving children a good education so they can succeed as contributing members ofRead More society. Expecting a single teacher to control/ educate 27 second graders is a tall order. If educating kids is not enough incentive, please consider the positive influence on property values a strong school district has. If you are an old Albany property owner consider the increase in your wealth via rising property values, the increase in the city's budget from higher property tax revenue as young families buy houses (and pay taxes based on their new assessed value), and the future contributions of these well educated children as they enter the work force and pay taxes that support our aging population. If you are a young Albany resident, please take my word for it, when your kids are in school you will be willing to pay almost any price to get these class sizes down. In my opinion, just about everyone but childless renters who do not feel the need to support education should be willing to support additional parcel taxes to pay for a decrease in class size based on benefits that will accrue from increases to property values and city revenue.
Ross Stapleton-Gray November 12, 2013 at 11:10 pm
Sharenow, Sharenow... nah, can't say it a third time to summon him, a la Beetlejuice...