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  • Cathy Travlos
    ... Subject: Community budget meetings scheduled Date: Fri, 1 Feb 2008 13:27:13 -0800 From: Ehara, Paul This Apple Bite news release is
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 1, 2008
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      Subject: Community budget meetings scheduled
      Date: Fri, 1 Feb 2008 13:27:13 -0800
      From: Ehara, Paul <PEhara@...>

      This Apple Bite news release is also posted at


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      *News from the West Contra Costa Unified School District*

      1108 Bissell Ave. * Richmond, CA 94801-3135 * (510) 231-1100

      www.wccusd.k12.ca.us <http://www.wccusd.k12.ca.us/>_


      For immediate release * February 1, 2008 or thereafter * No. 0708-11

      Contact: Paul Ehara, director of communications: 510-231-1133

      *District to hold first of six community budget meetings on February 7*

      Beginning next Thursday, February 7, 2008 the district will hold
      community budget meetings for each of its high school feeder areas to
      seek input and share budget information with community members and
      employee groups as it plans next year’s budget. The meeting schedule,
      times, and locations are as follows:

      *Meeting Location*



      *High School Feeder Area*

      Harding Elementary School

      February 7

      6:30-7:30 p.m.

      El Cerrito

      DeJean Middle School*

      February 11

      6:30-7:30 p.m.


      Pinole Valley High School

      February 12

      6:30-7:30 p.m.

      Pinole Valley

      Richmond High School*

      February 13

      6:30-7:30 p.m.


      Hercules High School

      February 26

      6:30-7:30 p.m.


      Murphy Elementary School

      February 27

      6:30-7:30 p.m.

      De Anza

      */*Spanish translation provided/*

      At each meeting district staff will present information on the status of
      this year’s budget and the outlook for 2008-09. Community members will
      be asked to give input in small group discussions and via written
      comments on index cards. Feedback from the meetings will be collected
      and incorporated into discussions and deliberations of the Board of
      Education at its budget study session on February 28, 2008.

      The district currently faces several budget-related challenges:

      § Based on the Governor’s budget proposal, Associate Superintendent for
      Business Services Sheri Gamba projects cuts of $834,000 this year (known
      as a mid-year reduction), and reductions of $14.2 million for
      2008-09—$11 million in unrestricted revenue and $3.2 million in
      categorical programs.

      § Enrollment has declined by 4,421 students over the past five years.

      § The district’s parcel tax expires after 2008-09. If not renewed by
      voters, the district will lose an additional $9.8 million—dollars that
      currently fund high school sports, librarians, K-3 class size reduction,
      counselors, school psychologists and other special education services,
      and custodians.

      The community budget meetings are co-hosted by the Community Budget
      Advisory Committee.

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