Starting this school year, I'll be writing a biweekly column on important news and issues in the Alameda Unified School District. The column will cover school site news, district initiatives and achievements, highlights of Board of Education meetings and much more. Please let us know what else you'd like to hear about.

School starts Monday. We'd like to ask that community members be extra sure to drive safely around our school sites. Students are often distracted or just aren't yet aware of how quickly cars move. Please drive slowly, watch out for pedestrians and avoid risky maneuvers such as U-turns at crosswalks and double parking while children get out of the car. We want to keep our students safe.

We are so pleased to announce that starting this year, AUSD will offer a supper program at Alameda Point Collaborative and the Boys & Girls Club. Students need only be enrolled in a supervised, after-school program at these facilities to receive a free supper every day (i.e., there is no paperwork to fill out). The meals are funded through the federal Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

The Tuesday Board of Education meeting will feature a presentation on the Alameda Science and Technology Institute (AUSD's early college high school), as well as a presentation on the district's strategic goals for 2014-15. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Alameda City Hall. You also can watch it live on AT&T's Channel 99, Comcast's Channel 15 and the City of Alameda's website. Or follow our live tweets @AUSDNews!


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The Measure A Oversight Committee is looking for a few new members. Committee members meet several times per year to review and validate the district's reports on Measure A, a parcel tax that was passed in 2011 and provides $12 million per year to support core programs in AUSD. Applications will be available Friday on the school district website (http://ow.ly/A5ulX), as well as at the district office at 2060 Challenger Drive. Applications are due Sept. 12.

Get more AUSD news, such as news releases and articles about interesting programs and people at our school sites by subscribing to our emails (via the button on our homepage -- http://ow.ly/A5ulX). It's a great way to keep up.

Susan Davis is senior manager of community affairs for the Alameda Unified School District. You can reach her at sdavis@alameda.k12.ca.us.

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