Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The School Board Voted: No Boundary Change 2011;Next Year Count On It

As reported by Molly Jorgensen, "The school board voted 4-2 to support the superintendent's recommendation not to make a boundary change this year. Alameda students will be given priority for transferring to Sabin. Sabin will determine the number of transfer spots available by grade. The board made it clear that there will be a boundary change next year."

As sportscasters have reminded us, "The opera ain't over til the fat lady sings!" (A reference to hefty ladies in Grand Opera in earlier times.) Well, folks, she has sung. And the Alameda-Sabin school boundary won't change--for a year. That much is "settled."  But our sportscasters might also advise us the game has gone into overtime. For a year. This gives us all time to dig into the facts of our neighborhoods and sectors thereof. It affords us time to learn what's been tried, is being done, has been planned, what "can't" be done and why.

The neighbors who led the move for more careful consideration may take a week to breathe deeply, check on family and friends in other parts of the world, and get set for the serious work ahead. The neighbors who were roused from pleasant tranquility in Alameda's ungated community found not barbarians at their virtual gate, but neighbors eager to solve genuine problems. We have not a reprieve but an exceptional chance to be part of determining the way a boundary will be shifted, and for what purposes.

An unabashed plug: Alameda Neighborhood Association's board meets every 4th Monday at 7:00 pm at Fremont United Methodist Church, 2620 NE Fremont St. and all neighbors are invited to attend and participate in creating new relationships and considering new solutions. The board has revised its committees for a more vigorous neighborhood role, yielding a couple of plum positions for community service for neighbors who feel they ought to be doing something that really matters. Come February 28th and see.

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