New BFMS building on hold

By staff writers Elvis Obiorah and Ethan Wasserman

The Alameda Unified School District’s plan to build a new building on the Bay Farm campus for the middle school has been postponed, according to school district officials.

AUSD Chief Business Officer Shariq Khan said that the school district is examining the future child population in Alameda and on Bay Farm. If the studies support a rising population at Bay Farm School, they will continue plans to construct a building. If not, however, a building won’t be built, Mr. Khan said.

The district has also put new buildings on hold at Wood Middle School and Earhart Elementary School for the same reason, he said.

Bay Farm School Principal Babs Freitas said the school is also reprioritizing its budget.

Architects were supposed to have begun planning the Bay Farm building last spring, and the building was supposed to have finished construction in summer 2018. It probably would have been built int he grassy area behind the portables, teacher Roxanne Clement said last year.

The building has been envisioned as having four to six classrooms, and may have two floors. The project was planned and paid for by the school facilities bond measure that Alameda voters approved in 2012.