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Caryl O'Keefe June 13, 2014 at 11:18 am
This is valuable information, thank you Autumn and School District. One point, the School BoardRead More candidates' filing deadline should be verifed with City Clerk Nicole Almaguer. Typically in Albany the filing deadline is extended when an incumbent who is eligible does not run. The Nov election rules for both Council and School Board, which are on the City Council's agenda June 16 at http://albanyca.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=&event_id=223&meta_id=76768, indicate August 13 will be the filing deadline in that case.
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Dawn Urbanek June 10, 2014 at 07:01 pm
We have to make people aware that our State is run by public employee Unions and we need court casesRead More like today which ruled that the California Teacher Tenure rules are unconstitutional so that we can change laws and vote people out of office who do not represent the interests of the public who pay the taxes.
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 01:19 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | <a href='http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/' > http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/home.html</a>
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 01:20 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com
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Jim Coley April 30, 2014 at 07:33 am
Makes sense. As long as we keep eroding and buffering the standards , our Politicians and SchoolRead More Boards will one day have a 100% Graduation Certificate to hang on their "I Love Me" walls!! Truth is , we as a nation spend more money per student than any other Nation in the world on primary education only to have our "graduates" rank 14th in the world......right behind Iceland.So before we run around the building and shake hands with ourselves, maybe we should take a moment to ponder some new innovations in education and stop throwing money into an endless pit!
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.
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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 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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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 February 11, 2014 at 07:28 pm
This site has an editor but our pinning feature had a glitch. It is unpinned now.
christopher papazoglow February 11, 2014 at 07:51 pm
Okay. Now how about an explanation for why the Amber Alert wasn't posted until after 7 PM ? IRead More received the alert around 4:20 , via both email and text from Nixle. And i'm neither a journalist nor editor of any media outlet. I have to wonder if you were even aware of the alert prior to my forwarding you the email at 6:40 or so ( after noticing that Patch hadn't yet posted it ) . And if not, why were you not in the loop on this. It's an IMPORTANT Bay Area-wide issue.
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 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.
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