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Letter: AUSD Superintendent on New School Year

Classes begin Monday, Aug. 27, in Alameda's public schools.

Welcome to the 2012-13 School Year!

We hope all have had a good summer. Welcome back!

As we prepare to begin the 2012-13 school year, we are excited about the great promise and opportunity this year holds for our students, but are also mindful of the difficult challenges we all will face on the road ahead.

Despite the ongoing difficulties and uncertainties of how California will fund public education and the terrible fiscal storm raining down from Sacramento on school districts across the state (with some economists describing the state’s budget in recent years as being “in free fall”), we are grateful that in AUSD the strong support of the Alameda community, the great dedication of our teachers and staff, and good planning have so far allowed us to weather this fiscal storm.

We have a solid three-year budget in place without furloughs or cuts in 2012-13 and were able to reach labor agreements with all three of our employee bargaining groups last year (CSEA 860, CSEA 27 and AEA). As a result, this year in AUSD we will be able to continue the critical work we are all here to do: improving educational opportunities and changing the lives of young people for the better each day.

We will strive to continue to keep you updated this year on what is happening in the District through personal conversations, in meetings, and electronically. In general, our website is the single best place to find information about AUSD. Whether one is looking for information about issues on the agendas of the Board of Education, the latest news from our schools, the status of our facilities, student achievement results, information about our budget and labor negotiations or just about anything else, the answers are very likely to be on our website at http://www.alameda.k12.ca.us/

Upcoming Dates/Events

Aug. 28, School Board Meeting
Sept. 3, No School - Labor Day
Sept. 11, School Board Meeting

Kirsten Vital
Superintendent, Alameda Unified School District

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