The long-awaited La Escuelita Education Center, to be located at Second Avenue and Tenth, will host La Escuelita Elementary, MetWest High School, and Yuk Yau and Centro Infantil CDCs,while providing the Eastlake community with a state-of-the art, multi-use structure.
The decision to build the La Escuelita Education Center was a long time in the making. For a generation, supporters of La Escuelita, MetWest, Yuk Yau and Centro Infantil fought for new buildings to replace their current facilities, initially designed as temporary structures. In December 2007, their efforts were rewarded when the Board of Education approved construction of a modern facility for these four schools. Construction is being funded solely through Measure B funds that the voters of Oakland have approved for facilities enhancements. This decision results in substantial change for many in OUSD, but it is change for the students and change for the better.
The La Escuelita Education Center is a significant project that will expand educational opportunity and enhance the learning environment for hundreds of OUSD students. It’s also a major undertaking that will require the relocation of several departments currently housed on the Second Avenue campus as well as demolition of the parking lot adjacent to the Harper Building.
Though the relocations and demolitions will cause disruption and temporary inconvenience, this move:
will improve the quality of life for a large number of Oakland public school children by enriching their academic, extracurricular and social experience.
will result in a versatile, new facility that serves as an asset to the entire Eastlake neighborhood.
will be conducted so as to minimize the impact on employees to the greatest degree possible.
Initial work on the La Escuelita Education Center will begin in the first quarter of 2010 and construction will progress in stages. The first phase is the construction of the new La Escuelita Elementary School and a multi-purpose building encompassing the entire block from Second to Third Avenue. This portion of the project is scheduled for completion in the third quarter of2011.
The second phase of construction will occur in the lower portion of the project site, stretching from Third to Fourth Avenue. Work on this building, to house Met West High School and Yuk Yau Annex and Centro Infantil CDCs, is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2011, with completion expected mid-2013.
Once construction begins in March 2010,the parking lot adjacent to the Harper Building will no longer be available. Parking will not be restored on-site until mid-2013 at the earliest. We know this presents an inconvenience for students,faculty and staff, as well as visitors to the Second Avenue campus. In an effort to relieve some of the anticipated parking problems, Facilities Planning & Management has explored leasing temporary spaces from the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center, the Oakland Museum, and Laney College. We are also pursuing some internal options for alternate parking and the facilitation of transportation alternatives, including Lake Merritt Bart Station (800 Madison St.), AC Transit, Rideshare, reduction of parking demand related to the relocation of current Harper Building administrative staff in the third quarter of 2011.
Despite these measures, there will be a dearth of parking spaces on and around Second Avenue. To ease congestion and frustration for all, we strongly urge that those who have the capability, take public transit, carpool, or use ride shares for their commutes. We recognize that none of these alternatives are ideal, but the temporary hardship is worth the final result.
Thanks in advance for your continued cooperation as we work to strengthen OUSDand provide additional opportunities for our children.
OUSD prohibits unlawful discrimination against any protected group as identified under Education Code 200 and 220 and Government Code 11135, and Title IX, including actual or perceived sex, sexual orientation, gender, ethnic group identification, race, ancestry, national origin, religion, color, mental or physical disability, age, or on the basis of a persons association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics in any District program or activity that received or benefits from state financial assistance, including athletic programs. Complaint forms are available at school sites and at the Office of the Ombudsperson, located in the District's Paul Robeson Administrative Building, 1025 Second Avenue, Room 316. For further information, call 273-3243. BOARD POLICY 0410, 5145.3