<![CDATA[RETHINKING SCHOOL LUNCH OAKLAND THE CENTER:THE CENTRAL KITCHEN, INSTRUCTIONAL FARM, AND EDUCATION CENTER - News]]>Tue, 15 Mar 2016 16:56:58 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Construction Public Meeting, February 27 ]]>Tue, 08 Mar 2016 19:29:22 GMThttp://www.ousdthecenter.org/news/construction-public-meeting-february-27On Saturday, February 27, the District held a Public Meeting to provide the community with information about the construction of The Center: Central Kitchen, Instructional Farm and Education Center. Below are the updates OUSD shared:

Construction Update, February 26
Our February 26 newsletter offers an update on the Construction activity expected at The Center over the next few weeks.  You can read the update here.

For more information, please read our Construction FAQ:
<![CDATA[Construction Moves Forward, Clearing the Way for The Center]]>Fri, 19 Feb 2016 18:10:39 GMThttp://www.ousdthecenter.org/news/construction-moves-forward-clearing-the-way-for-the-centerPeralta Colleges radio station KGPC recently covered the latest construction at The Center site: 

"On Tuesday morning, a bulldozer continued to demolish a school that was shut down by the state in 2004. But while demolitions often foretell upcoming condos, this lot has something better in store..."

Read and listen to the full story here!

<![CDATA[The Center Produces Second Successful Job Fair for OUSD Families]]>Thu, 11 Feb 2016 03:11:30 GMThttp://www.ousdthecenter.org/news/the-center-produces-second-successful-job-fair-for-ousd-familiesWith construction of The Center (Central Kitchen, Instructional Farm, and Education Center) now underway, OUSD held its second job fair for Oakland residents in West Oakland at McClymonds High School on Saturday, January 30. The event brought out 229 people, nearly doubling the turnout for the first fair in October. Job opportunities ranged from Nutritional Services to teaching, and roughly 75 people interviewed for construction jobs related to The Center. By the end of the day, there were 146 contingent job offers. OUSD prioritized accessibility for families by providing childcare, translation and free fingerprinting on site. See photos from the inspiring day below! (Photos Copyright KEEFE SUPREMEIMGSPHOTOGRAPHY)
<![CDATA[Construction Update and Newsletter: Jan. 29, 2016]]>Sat, 30 Jan 2016 23:20:04 GMThttp://www.ousdthecenter.org/news/construction-update-and-newsletter-jan-29-2016Our January 29 newsletter offers an update on the construction activity expected at The Center over the next few weeks. You can read the update here.]]><![CDATA[Contra Costa Times Article Celebrates The Center]]>Tue, 26 Jan 2016 23:27:38 GMThttp://www.ousdthecenter.org/news/contra-costa-times-article-celebrates-the-center"An ambitious plan by the Oakland Unified School District to build a $40 million central kitchen, instructional farm and education center at the corner of 29th and West streets in West Oakland will transform how school meals are made throughout Oakland.

One of the first of its kind in the nation, the 48,000 square-foot center will provide learning opportunities in the culinary arts and agricultural instruction, and help urban school kids learn where their fruits and vegetables come from and how food is prepared."

​Read the entire piece here!
<![CDATA[Community Engagement Advisory Committee Appreciation Lunch]]>Sun, 24 Jan 2016 19:25:45 GMThttp://www.ousdthecenter.org/news/community-engagement-advisory-committee-appreciation-lunchA thank-you luncheon was held on January 22 at the Market Street 7th Day Adventist Church in West Oakland to appreciate Community Engagement Advisory Committee members for their contributions to the community engagement process for The Center. Bryant Terry, Oakland chef, educator, and author, joined this special event to give a talk about whole food, the connection to land, and the cycle of life.
<![CDATA[Construction Update]]>Wed, 20 Jan 2016 03:43:36 GMThttp://www.ousdthecenter.org/news/construction-updateAfter many months of community engagement, public hearings and studies, we are excited to announce that construction is set to begin on The Center (Central Kitchen, Instructional Farm and Education Center), which will be built at the former site of the Marcus Foster School at 2850 West Street.

Read a full update, including a timeline of major milestones on the horizon, here:
<![CDATA[OUSD Job Fair, January 30]]>Wed, 20 Jan 2016 03:40:53 GMThttp://www.ousdthecenter.org/news/ousd-job-fair-january-30Join us at McClymonds High School (2607 Myrtle St.) on Saturday, January 30 from 10 AM to 1 PM for an Oakland Unified School District Job Fair! The District is hiring for a range of positions, including Food Services, Custodial Services, and Construction jobs. Click here for more information. ]]><![CDATA[In-Depth Oakland North Piece Highlights The Center]]>Fri, 18 Dec 2015 00:55:20 GMThttp://www.ousdthecenter.org/news/in-depth-oakland-north-piece-highlights-the-centerOakland North recently published a story detailing the efforts and vision of The Center.

From the article: “We will be dramatically improving the meals that we’re serving to our students by eliminating 80 percent of the pre-packaged food,” said Jennifer LeBarre, the executive director of food services for the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD). “It will also become an education destination for students from across the district, from everything from field trips to linked learning opportunities.”

Read the piece here
<![CDATA[Aesthetic Updates to The Center's Design]]>Mon, 07 Dec 2015 22:57:11 GMThttp://www.ousdthecenter.org/news/the-center-a-design-update
At the December 2 OUSD Board of Education meeting, Lance Jackson, Interim Chief of Facilities, provided an update on the proposed design of The Center. The update was a follow-up to the Board's November 4 vote to approve The Center's CEQA environmental impact study, and the Superintendent's request to investigate the possibility of improving the facade aesthetics in response to feedback from community members. 

The design update pictured above reflects changes to the facade and project aesthetic, informed by input from the October 30 and November 19 Community Engagement Advisory Committee (CEAC) meetings. The proposed changes include:
• A softening of the exterior color and facade treatment
• Installation of mural art which can be periodically updated
• Installation of a large window at street level along 29th Street where the baker space will be located in the kitchen
• Placement of a living green wall (e.g., panels of the chayote vine grown vertically) on the 29th Street facade