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School board votes on short-term overcrowding solutions

Students and faculty from Berkeley Adult School stand and hold signs in solidarity against relocation of the school on Thursday's board meeting. Photo: Seung Y. Lee
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The Berkeley School Board voted unanimously Wednesday on a two-year stop-gap solution to handle overcrowding in schools in the coming years.

Although the discussion for the long-term solution, which involves replacing the Berkeley Adult School with an elementary school, was not discussed by the Board, the issue drew over 200 people, including over 100 BAS students and faculty members holding signs in solidarity.

Read more about school enrollment issues on Berkeleyside.

Over 20 Berkeley residents and students spoke during the public comments, providing a wide spectrum of opinions in support and against the BAS relocation proposal. Board president Judy Appel announced there will be a town hall meeting on February to allow more people to speak.

“We’re not in a position to talk about the long-term solutions,” said Superintendent Donald Evans.  … Continue reading »

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Berkeley School Board primer: Decision time for board on overcrowding

BUSD is dropping effort to establish community school at the Berkeley Adult School. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel
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The Berkeley schools Board of Education meets tonight, Jan. 14, for a closed session at 6 p.m., followed by its regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. See the Jan. 14 agenda packet here. (It’s a large file that may take time to load.)

The board is expected to decide how to handle overcrowding in the schools in the coming three years.

Closed session

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. with a closed session to discuss recruitment for a Berkeley High principal, the superintendent’s performance evaluation and litigation. The board does not always get to all items on the closed session agenda. Public comment, up to 15 minutes, will be taken before the closed session.

Action items

The final part of a four-part discussion on enrollment and capacity is scheduled (p. 51 of the meeting packet). Berkeley schools’ enrollment is expected to increase by about 250 students in the next three years. Over the past three months the school board has considered about a dozen options to accommodate more students. Read past coverage here.  … Continue reading »

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Berkeley Police: Gas station hold-ups, vandalism, more

Examples of the vandalism at the Grove St. mural. Photos: BPD
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Earlier this year, the Berkeley Police Department relaunched its monthly newsletter to inform the community about notable arrests and incidents, as well as crime prevention tips and safety resources. Along with beat maps and police contacts for each neighborhood, the newsletter highlights arrests and open cases in Berkeley from the prior month. The seventh edition of the newsletter came out in August. Scroll down for highlights.

Help from the community

Since January, there have been seven cases of vandalism to the mural at the Young Adult Project’s Grove Street Recreation Center at 1730 Oregon St. Six of the seven occasions of vandalism occurred over the weekend. Police ask anyone with information to call the Property Crimes Unit at 510-981-5737.

The city is offering a $15,000 reward in exchange for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for a fatal hit-and-run on July 15. The incident occurred at 5:10 a.m. on the University Avenue overpass, and resulted in the death of Berkeley resident John Patrick Miller, 46 years old. Police ask anyone with information about the case to call the Traffic Bureau at 510-981-5980, or the non-emergency line at 510-981-5900. … Continue reading »

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The Bread Project: Cooking up a future for people in need

In the kitchen with The Bread Project students. Photo: Courtesy of the Bread Project
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Pat Van Valkenburgh is the kind of person that The Bread Project hopes to help. A stay-at-home mom who home-schooled her two children until they attended Berkeley High School, Van Valkenburgh desperately needed a job when her construction worker husband became unemployed. Since she enjoyed cooking, she thought the nonprofit’s nine-week café training program, which focuses on basic kitchen, food service, and barista skills, was a good fit and would help her find a job in the restaurant industry.

Van Valkenburgh didn’t have to look far for work: she was snapped up by the organization to manage the café it runs out of the Berkeley Adult School, where the program for low-income job seekers, started by Susan Phillips and Lucie Buchbinder in 2000, has been housed since 2003.

The part-time gig has made all the difference during tough economic times; Van Valkenburgh’s family has held on to their home and health insurance. (Both her kids, who attended the Academic Choice School at BHS, currently study at local community colleges and intend to transfer to UC.) … Continue reading »

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Plans dropped for controversial community school

BUSD is dropping effort to establish community school at the Berkeley Adult School. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel
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The Berkeley Unified School District is dropping its efforts to place a school for expelled students inside the Berkeley Adult School on San Pablo Avenue.

Superintendent Bill Huyett thinks “the District has other more pressing issues and needs that require staff time,” according to a press release that was sent out at 12:40 a.m. Sunday “The District will continue to encourage the Alameda County Office of Education to locate services for expelled students in the northern part of the county.”

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New school for expelled kids prompts concerns

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Residents who live around the Berkeley Adult School on San Pablo Avenue are concerned about a plan to bring students to the campus who have been kicked out from traditional high schools because of criminal activity.

The Alameda County Office of Education, which has responsibility for teenagers expelled from their local school districts, wants to open a community school in one of the campus’ classrooms.

Many of the students would be from Berkeley. They are considered “at risk” kids because they have committed crimes or are on probation, according to Councilwoman Linda Maio. Chronic truants are also placed in county-run community schools.

Unfortunately, the Berkeley Unified School District and Alameda County Office of Education started formulating this plan in December without gathering input from nearby residents, said Maio. There has not been a lot of information available, prompting negative rumors to circulate about the types of kids who might be coming.  Some neighbors are worried. … Continue reading »

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Beehive Market, new to Berkeley, off to a good start

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Last Saturday’s inaugural Beehive Market was deemed a success by its founders and many vendors, despite a few teething glitches and some weather issues. The self-described “hipster” green market also drew compliments from residents in west Berkeley who saw it as a positive addition to their community.

Co-founder Julie Fry estimates about 1,000 people walked through the market which was held in the parking lot of the Berkeley Adult School. She said gusty winds — and a lack of stabilizing … Continue reading »

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New ‘hipster’ green market to open in Berkeley

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A new green market will open on June 12 in the parking lot at the Berkeley Adult School on San Pablo and Virginia. The founders of Beehive Market describe it as a “hipster green lifestyle market… celebrating all things cool about being a green localist”.

Isaac Cronin, who founded Beehive with Julia Fry, says the goal is to be a regional, destination market, providing all sorts of locally sourced and made products, in addition to some more typical farmers’ … Continue reading »

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