Albany High principal stepping down

Ted Barone has retired as principal at Albany High School after eight years, ending a tenure that saw the highly rated school continue to accumulate honors for academic achievement.  
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Plans to construct a new chapel on the campus at St. Mary's College High School were approved June 24 by the Planning and Zoning Commission.  
Pete Palmer is a graduate of Piedmont High School. He holds a bachelor's degree in conservation and resource studies from UC Berkeley and has held a Class B General Contractor's License for more than 25 years. A number of candidates were interviewed for the position by a panel that included administrators, parents, a board member and custodial staff. Palmer stood out, according to Superintendent Randy Booker.  
The budget was approved 4-0 with trustee Rick Raushenbush absent at the June 24 meeting. It shows total revenues of $36,932,712 and expenditures of $35,936,074. The Local Control Funding Formula, the new method of state disbursements to the schools, will bring in more than half the revenue at $19,587,621.  
Custodians and maintenance and food service workers at the Alameda Unified School District will receive an ongoing 5 percent pay raise under a tentative contract their union has negotiated with district officials.  
AccomplishmentsLivermore Cowboys win challenge: The Livermore High School's Cowboy Code Academy robotics team, 101 Coders, competed at UC Davis in the RoboPlay Challenge.  
Town leaders mulling higher fines, more citations following complaints from residents  
Family of 5-year-old who was ordered to cut his hair alleges that Immaculate Heart of Mary School discriminated against Jalyn based on his race.  
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Attorneys for three former UC Berkeley students announced Monday that they have filed a lawsuit against the University of California Board of Regents, claiming their clients were sexually assaulted and that the university did not do enough to protect them.  
Ashley, who once starred at Bishop O'Dowd High in Oakland, did not get drafted by an NBA team  
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