ALAMEDA -- Passionate parents, students and educators implored school trustees in their Tuesday meeting to stop the district administration's plan to move some Wood Middle School special education students to Encinal High School/Junior Jets campus.

The group of 15—20 students will move to make room for students from Alameda Community Learning Center charter school that will move to Wood's campus in fall. Other special education classes will still remain at Wood.

A new sixth- through 12th-grade program called Junior Jets will move to the Encinal campus next school year. That spurred the need to find space elsewhere for the Alameda Community Learning Center, a charter high school that had been located at the Encinal campus for years.

Gregory Tolentino, father of a Wood special education student, said the district representatives told him previously that no students would be moved from Wood.

"But I heard some people say they are moving, so I asked around," he said. "I wanted to know where my son is going to school next year."

He said one of the top district staffers told him the answer would be available in June.

"It's the end of the school year and I'd like to have known where my kids are going to school before school was out for the summer," he said.

Tolentino has attended several school board meetings, asking trustees and staff why he had to find out through the school community and there had been no notice from the district. He also attended this week's meeting and like other Wood parents, he left upset after the board voted 3-2 to approve the charter school for the Wood campus and Encinal for the Junior Jets program. Several Wood school advocates jad asked trustees to stop the plan.

Jane Grimaldi, who serves on the Wood PTA Executive Board, said before the meeting that district administrators didn't count on Wood's enrollment numbers for next year of nearly 500 students. She said she saw district projections at 415 students. Grimaldi also said she recalled hearing during a school board meeting when concerned Wood parents were told no students would be moved.

Trustee Trish Herrera Spencer had the item pulled from the meeting consent calendar so the board could discuss it. "I know exactly where I stand on this," she said. "Our job is to serve every child. Each parent should have a choice to send their kids to Junior Jets."

She said she only recently heard moving the special education students and she heard from the community, not from district staff. She said is a transparency issue with the administration.

"The staff is making decisions and not including the board or the public," she said.

Superintendent Kirsten Vital said moving students is done without the board's approval, but if the board wants to change that policy they can have that discussion. She said neighborhood students have precedence over intradistrict students, who are moved occasionally.

Assistant Superintendent Sean McPhetridge said: "Sometimes we have to move students. We're trying to give the people what they want. Some don't want change, some do."

A district legal representative warned the board to meet with her before making any moves to change the plan or to stall it because the stakeholders from each site had signed an agreement recently and there could be legal ramifications.

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