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  • esbrooking
    Three Richmond schools to be spared from closure By Kimberly S. Wetzel West County Times Posted: 02/05/2009 05:19:10 PM PST Updated: 02/05/2009 05:19:55 PM PST
    Message 1 of 18 , Feb 5, 2009
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      Three Richmond schools to be spared from closure
      By Kimberly S. Wetzel
      West County Times
      Posted: 02/05/2009 05:19:10 PM PST
      Updated: 02/05/2009 05:19:55 PM PST

      It looks as though three Richmond-area schools will be spared from
      closure, but five more remain in the line of fire.

      The Richmond City Council this week pledged $1.5 million to the West
      Contra Costa school district to keep Olinda and Nystrom elementaries
      and Kennedy High open for the next two years.

      The cash infusion — announced at a raucous school board meeting
      Wednesday night — led to a joyful standing ovation from a crowd of
      about 500. Many parents, teachers and students from those schools have
      protested closure of their campuses for weeks.

      "I'm thrilled that the school board and City Council have worked
      together," said Olinda parent Variny Paladino. "I feel very relieved.
      I feel very happy and proud and not just for the Olinda parents."

      Other campuses are not so lucky. El Sobrante Elementary in El
      Sobrante, Castro Elementary in El Cerrito, Shannon Elementary in
      Pinole, Lake Elementary in San Pablo and Adams Middle School in
      unincorporated Richmond remain on the chopping block and likely will
      be shuttered in the 2009-2010 school year. The City Council opted not
      to provide funding for Adams because the school is seismically unsafe.

      The cash-strapped school district faces a huge deficit this year and
      next and could be forced to consider bankruptcy unless it takes
      drastic measures. Staff originally recommended closing the eight
      schools and other district facilities to save about $4 million
      annually and $18.6
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      million over the next five years. Closing an elementary school saves
      an estimated $300,000 annually, while a secondary school closure saves
      about $800,000.

      Other facilities to be shuttered and consolidated include Gompers and
      North Campus continuation high schools, two adult campuses, a
      furniture warehouse and some district offices.

      The City Council on Tuesday offered the one-time money to keep the
      schools open through 2010-2011. The district then will have to revisit
      the issue, likely by asking voters to approve a parcel tax measure to
      keep the schools open or else shutter them permanently. West County
      property owners already pay $123 per $100,000 assessed valuation for
      the school construction program, as well as a $72 per year parcel tax
      for maintenance and improvements to school grounds and recreation
      facilities, and another annual parcel tax of 7.2 cents per square foot
      — $108 for a 1,500-square-foot home — for educational purposes.

      School board member Tony Thurmond said he hoped that other cities
      would be willing to step in to help the remaining targeted schools.

      "We need our families to talk to all city councils in this district,"
      Thurmond said.

      In San Pablo, officials are looking at ways to keep Lake Elementary
      open for the next two years.

      "We have not had a formal resolution passed because we agreed that
      it's better to just wait for the district," said San Pablo City
      Councilwoman Genoveva Garcia Calloway. "It's on the agenda of our
      second meeting in February," which is scheduled for Feb. 17.

      The school board is expected to decide on closures next week.

      This week, Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and council members
      Ludmyrna Lopez, Jeff Ritterman, Jim Rogers and Maria Viramontes were
      treated like heroes, as parents thanked them profusely and the school
      board stood and clapped. Everyone agreed the plan is a short-term
      solution.

      "We need to remember that two years isn't saving a school," Rogers
      said. "We're going to put the measure on the ballot, and you folks
      decide."

      In light of the council's announcement, the school board informally
      directed staff to remove Nystrom, Olinda and Kennedy, as well as
      alternate Grant Elementary, from the closure list. Kennedy High junior
      Inder Kaur said she and others remain cautiously optimistic but are
      awaiting final word before celebrating.

      "I think (students) feel that their hard work of coming to the
      meetings and marching is paying off," Kaur said. "I think most people
      are just waiting for Feb. 11."

      It's still unclear whether the school district's state trustee will
      support the plan. Trustee Linda Grundhoffer stated in a December 2008
      memo to the school board that "the Board of Education must take
      decisive action to provide a budget that affirms the district's
      ability to meet its financial obligations today and into the future.
      Failure to do so means that the State of California will replace the
      trustee with an administrator who will have all decision-making power,
      and the current school board will become advisory only. This could
      happen as soon as February if a viable school consolidation/closure
      plan is not adopted."

      Grundhoffer did not return a phone call seeking clarification
      Thursday, but Superintendent Bruce Harter said the trustee's role is
      mostly advisory, and he's optimistic.

      "It's going to be my recommendation that the board accept the money
      from the city of Richmond and provide the time that money will allow
      us to work on longer-term solutions for our schools," Harter said.

      Staff writer Tom Lochner contributed to this story. Reach Kimberly S.
      Wetzel at 510-262-2798 or kwetzel@....
    • jenniferwilliams@prodigy.net
      You all know this, but I just want to put it on the record: Olinda Elementary is one of the 4 Richmond schools that have been taken OFF the closure list at the
      Message 2 of 18 , Feb 6, 2009
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        You all know this, but I just want to put it on the record:

        Olinda Elementary is one of the 4 Richmond schools that have been taken OFF the closure
        list at the behest of the Richmond City Council. Channel 2 did not report this fact correctly
        in its Feb. 4 report, but after requests for a correction, the station removed Ken Wayne's
        incorrect story from its web site.

        I'll restate here, to make sure I'm clear to the point of redundancy:

        The school board directed staff to remove Nystrom Elementary, Olinda Elementary, Grant
        Elementary and Kennedy High from the school closure list at the Feb. 4 meeting. Special
        funding ($1.5 million from the Richmond City Council) will keep Nystrom, Olinda, Grant
        and Kennedy open.

        Below is a draft of the resolution that the board will vote on next Wednesday (2/11):

        BOARD OF EDUCATION
        WEST CONTRA COSTA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

        Board Resolution on School Closures

        RESOLUTION NO. XX-0809
        February 11, 2009

        Whereas the West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) must address a structural
        deficit (spending in excess of revenue) and has adopted a budget that includes school
        closures for 2009-10 and 2010-11; and
        Whereas the Contra Costa County Superintendent, as is required under state statute,
        approved the 2008-09 WCCUSD budget contingent upon school closures and other
        specified remedies for the WCCUSD structural deficit; and
        Whereas on December 10, 2008 the WCCUSD Board approved the criteria, the process and
        the timeline for school closures as well as authorizing a contract for expert review and
        recommendation on school closures; and
        Whereas the District has held 13 public meetings to follow the process for school closures
        and involve the community in the process; and
        Whereas District staff have used public input and expert review in formulating a
        recommendation for school closures for 2009-10 and 2010-11; and

        Whereas the City of Richmond on February 3, 2009 adopted a motion that specifies that
        the City would pay WCCUSD $1.5 million to keep open two elementary schools (Olinda and
        Nystrom) and one secondary school (Kennedy High School) for 2010-11 when those
        schools would have closed according to the WCCUSD staff recommendation; and
        Whereas the City of San Pablo has expressed an interest (but made no commitment) to
        keep one of the schools (Lake Elementary) open for 2009-10 and 2010-11.

        Therefore be it resolved that the WCCUSD Board adopts a closure plan as required by the
        County:

        Schools / Facilities Closed for 2009-10:
        El Sobrante Elementary
        Castro Elementary
        Shannon Elementary
        Lake Elementary
        Adams Middle School
        Seaview Staff Development Center
        Furniture Warehouse

        Schools that are included in the Staff Recommendation for closure in 2010-11 and subject
        to an agreement between the City of Richmond and WCCUSD to remain open:
        Olinda Elementary (would remain open for 2010-11 with funding from the City of
        Richmond and for longer if another external source of funding is forthcoming)
        Nystrom Elementary (would remain open for 2010-11 with funding from the City of
        Richmond and for longer if another external source of funding is forthcoming)
        Kennedy High School (would remain open for 2010-11 with funding from the City of
        Richmond and for longer if another external source of funding is forthcoming)
        The following schools / operations will be consolidated into Kennedy High School if and
        when that school loses the external funding needed to stay open, or before that time if
        suitable alternative spaces can be identified and approved by the Board:

        Gompers Continuation High School
        North Campus Continuation High School/ Pupils Services Center
        Serra Adult Education School
        Alvarado Adult Education School
        That District make the following grade level changes:
        Mira Visa to K-7 for 2010-11 and K-8 for 2011-12
        Chavez, Wilson, Coronado, King, Lincoln, Nystrom, Dover and Stege to K-6 for 2009-10
        PASSED AND ADOPTED this 11th day of February, 2009, at a special meeting of the Board
        of Education by the following votes:
        AYES: NOES: ABSENT: ABSTAIN:

        I HEREBY CERTIFY that the foregoing resolution was duly and regularly introduced, passed
        and adopted by the members of the Governing Board of the West Contra Costa Unified
        School District at the public meeting of said Board held on February 11, 2009.
        __________________________
        Bruce Harter
        Secretary, Board of Education

        Here is the link to the above draft resolution:
        http://www.wccusd.k12.ca.us/Fiscal/School_closure/Draft_Board_Resolution_on_School_Cl
        osures_2-11-09.pdf
      • Hallie Friedman
        Please note that Richmond was in a unique position this year due to the passage of Measure T which will give the city a large infusion of cash (mostly from
        Message 3 of 18 , Feb 6, 2009
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          Please note that Richmond was in a unique position this year due to
          the passage of Measure T which will give the city a large infusion of
          cash (mostly from Chevron) and which is partly targeted toward
          improving community and decreasing crime - and keeping schools open
          follows that mandate. The money can only be spent in the city (hence
          cannot fund Adams which is unincorporated county, which the board has
          clearly said won't stay open due to seismic concerns, the only reason
          it is on the list). And note - the city said they will only fund for
          2 years - so these, and/or other schools will be on the list
          eventually.

          El Cerrito cannot legally use redevelopment money - which is federal
          and specific funding - for anything other than redevelopment! And I
          doubt if El Cerrito has any extra funding to assist with schools.

          San Pablo may be able to come up with some funding for Lake because
          they do get Casino money which is unencumbered.

          --- In wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com, c slamon <cslamon@...> wrote:
          >
          > The school site of Olinda is in the city of Richmond and Olinda is
          one of
          > the schools that the Richmond City Council is saving. The four
          schools
          > being funded from Richmond are Olinda, Nystrom, Grant and Kennedy.
          >
          >
          >
          > On Thu, Feb 5, 2009 at 11:23 AM, Catherine Mercurio <
          > catherine@...> wrote:
          >
          > > Perhaps someone could explain the status of Olinda. I was under
          the
          > > impression that Olinda is in El Sobrante. I would love to see
          Olinda saved
          > > from closure, but why would the Richmond City Council vote to
          save it?
          > >
          > > Another question: Is staff recommending that a newly rebuilt
          Portola be
          > > only
          > > 7-8 (rather than 6-8)? With Stege recommended to become a K-6,
          the only
          > > feeder school remaining as a K-5 would be Madera. If Portola
          remains a 6-8,
          > > how many 6th graders would be attending? If Portola becomes a 7-
          8, where do
          > > the Madera students go for 6th grade?
          > >
          > >
          > > -----Original Message-----
          > > From: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com <wccusdtalk%40yahoogroups.com>
          [mailto:
          > > wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com <wccusdtalk%40yahoogroups.com>] On
          > > Behalf Of c slamon
          > > Sent: Thursday, February 05, 2009 9:39 AM
          > > To: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com <wccusdtalk%40yahoogroups.com>
          > > Subject: Re: [wccusdtalk] Richmond steps forward, El Cerrito
          falls flat..
          > >
          > > Peter,
          > > Unfortunately the article below by KTVU has many errors. The 4
          schools that
          > > Richmond voted to save are Olinda, Nystrom, Grant and Kennedy.
          The West
          > > County Times article also contained an error this morning saying
          that Adams
          > > is in Richmond when it is located in an unincorporated area
          outside the
          > > city
          > > limits of Richmond. These errors are very frustrating and are
          just adding
          > > to the confusion of this entire situation.
          > >
          > > Christina Slamon
          > >
          > > On Thu, Feb 5, 2009 at 7:55 AM, petr_loubal <ploubal@...<ploubal%
          40hotmail.com>>
          > > wrote:
          > >
          > > > Below, last night's news. Meanwhile in El Cerrito, at its Monday
          > > > night meeting, the Council/Redevelopment Agency listened to a
          dire
          > > > presentation of WCCUSD plans, offered to help by asking the
          State to
          > > > fund, and then went on to approve spending over $4 million (with
          > > > interest), to buy the "Mayfair site" at Del Norte. (As Council
          and
          > > > Staff continues to self-praise itself for "the beautiful new
          City
          > > > Hall." Ignoring the fact the General Fund went into hock to pay
          for it
          > > > - just the annual interest would have saved a school or two).
          > > >
          > > > Yes, they acquired the same money pit on which developer Oewel
          wasted
          > > > $1 million (by his claim), first on a Mega-theater, later on
          Mixed-use
          > > > housing, followed by equally misplaced Olson housing plans.
          > > >
          > > > El Cerrito Redevelopment has, over the years, poured $30 to $40
          > > > million into Del Norte. Half of it largely wasted, e.g. Target,
          half
          > > > of it questionable, e.g.Del Norte Place (else why the empty
          > > > storefronts and "$240 moves you in" ads they just put up), or
          the
          > > > barely holding on strip mall across the street from BART. The
          waste,
          > > > on a per capita basis, is 15 times (!) as much as the $20
          billion the
          > > > (past) administration supposedly spent on "reconstruction" in
          Iraq (as
          > > > reported earlier this week).
          > > >
          > > > Deconstructing Redevelopment in a way that eventually redirects
          the
          > > > money to schools will be hard, but saving our Public Schools
          will be
          > > > impossible, unless we get the Redevelopment Albatross of our
          backs
          > > > first. The best course of action on the Middle School is also a
          > > > complex decision, but it should not be driven by immediate money
          > > > concerns. A society that cannot adequately educate the bulk of
          its
          > > > kids may not be worth saving.
          > > >
          > > > Peter
          > > > -------------
          > > >
          > > > Richmond Steps Forward to Save Four Schools
          > > >
          > > > Wednesday, February 4, 2009 - updated: 12:19 am PST February 5,
          2009
          > > > PINOLE, Calif. -- There was a big surprise Wednesday night at a
          > > > jam-packed meeting of the West Contra Costa School Board.
          > > >
          > > > The district had planned to close nine schools in five different
          > > > cities because of a lack of funding. But in an extraordinary
          move, the
          > > > City of Richmond came forward and pledged enough money to save
          all
          > > > four Richmond schools.
          > > >
          > > > About 500 parents, teachers and students crowded into the Pinole
          > > > Valley High School gymnasium to demand the West Contra Costa
          Unified
          > > > School District spare their schools from closure.
          > > >
          > > > The school board says it's facing possible bankruptcy and needs
          to
          > > > close as many as nine schools to stay solvent.
          > > >
          > > > But the Richmond Vice Mayor Ludmyrna Lopez stepped forward and
          said
          > > > the city council had agreed to provide $1.5 million in funding
          to save
          > > > the four Richmond schools on the closure list. The announcement
          > > > brought almost everyone in the house to their feet in applause.
          > > >
          > > > In addition, the San Pablo City Council is said to be ready to
          provide
          > > > $300,000 to save Lake Elementary School from closure.
          > > >
          > > > That leaves Olinda and El Sobrante Elementary schools in El
          Sobrante,
          > > > Castro Elementary School in El Cerrito and Shannon School in
          Pinole
          > > > still facing possible closure.
          > > >
          > > > Board members are hoping those cities also will come forward
          with
          > > > financial assistance.
          > > >
          > > > Copyright 2009 by KTVU.com. All rights reserved. This material
          may not
          > > > be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
          > > >
          > > >
          > > >
          > >
          > > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
          > >
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        • rogerf85
          Do we know what will happen to the students at Adams, for example, how long they would have to be on a temporary campus? Or where they would go next? Hasn t
          Message 4 of 18 , Feb 6, 2009
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            Do we know what will happen to the students at Adams, for example, how long they would
            have to be on a temporary campus? Or where they would go next?

            Hasn't Adams existed with its "seismic concern for a decade or so? Or am I mistaken?

            Maybe all the closure issue is all of a sudden relevant because bond money to repair all
            the schools on the original list is not sufficient at this point?

            Dunno.

            --- In wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com, "Hallie Friedman" <hallief@...> wrote:
            >
            > Please note that Richmond was in a unique position this year due to
            > the passage of Measure T which will give the city a large infusion of
            > cash (mostly from Chevron) and which is partly targeted toward
            > improving community and decreasing crime - and keeping schools open
            > follows that mandate. The money can only be spent in the city (hence
            > cannot fund Adams which is unincorporated county, which the board has
            > clearly said won't stay open due to seismic concerns, the only reason
            > it is on the list). And note - the city said they will only fund for
            > 2 years - so these, and/or other schools will be on the list
            > eventually.
            >
            > El Cerrito cannot legally use redevelopment money - which is federal
            > and specific funding - for anything other than redevelopment! And I
            > doubt if El Cerrito has any extra funding to assist with schools.
            >
            > San Pablo may be able to come up with some funding for Lake because
            > they do get Casino money which is unencumbered.
            >
            > --- In wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com, c slamon <cslamon@> wrote:
            > >
            > > The school site of Olinda is in the city of Richmond and Olinda is
            > one of
            > > the schools that the Richmond City Council is saving. The four
            > schools
            > > being funded from Richmond are Olinda, Nystrom, Grant and Kennedy.
            > >
            > >
            > >
            > > On Thu, Feb 5, 2009 at 11:23 AM, Catherine Mercurio <
            > > catherine@> wrote:
            > >
            > > > Perhaps someone could explain the status of Olinda. I was under
            > the
            > > > impression that Olinda is in El Sobrante. I would love to see
            > Olinda saved
            > > > from closure, but why would the Richmond City Council vote to
            > save it?
            > > >
            > > > Another question: Is staff recommending that a newly rebuilt
            > Portola be
            > > > only
            > > > 7-8 (rather than 6-8)? With Stege recommended to become a K-6,
            > the only
            > > > feeder school remaining as a K-5 would be Madera. If Portola
            > remains a 6-8,
            > > > how many 6th graders would be attending? If Portola becomes a 7-
            > 8, where do
            > > > the Madera students go for 6th grade?
            > > >
            > > >
            > > > -----Original Message-----
            > > > From: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com <wccusdtalk%40yahoogroups.com>
            > [mailto:
            > > > wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com <wccusdtalk%40yahoogroups.com>] On
            > > > Behalf Of c slamon
            > > > Sent: Thursday, February 05, 2009 9:39 AM
            > > > To: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com <wccusdtalk%40yahoogroups.com>
            > > > Subject: Re: [wccusdtalk] Richmond steps forward, El Cerrito
            > falls flat..
            > > >
            > > > Peter,
            > > > Unfortunately the article below by KTVU has many errors. The 4
            > schools that
            > > > Richmond voted to save are Olinda, Nystrom, Grant and Kennedy.
            > The West
            > > > County Times article also contained an error this morning saying
            > that Adams
            > > > is in Richmond when it is located in an unincorporated area
            > outside the
            > > > city
            > > > limits of Richmond. These errors are very frustrating and are
            > just adding
            > > > to the confusion of this entire situation.
            > > >
            > > > Christina Slamon
            > > >
            > > > On Thu, Feb 5, 2009 at 7:55 AM, petr_loubal <ploubal@<ploubal%
            > 40hotmail.com>>
            > > > wrote:
            > > >
            > > > > Below, last night's news. Meanwhile in El Cerrito, at its Monday
            > > > > night meeting, the Council/Redevelopment Agency listened to a
            > dire
            > > > > presentation of WCCUSD plans, offered to help by asking the
            > State to
            > > > > fund, and then went on to approve spending over $4 million (with
            > > > > interest), to buy the "Mayfair site" at Del Norte. (As Council
            > and
            > > > > Staff continues to self-praise itself for "the beautiful new
            > City
            > > > > Hall." Ignoring the fact the General Fund went into hock to pay
            > for it
            > > > > - just the annual interest would have saved a school or two).
            > > > >
            > > > > Yes, they acquired the same money pit on which developer Oewel
            > wasted
            > > > > $1 million (by his claim), first on a Mega-theater, later on
            > Mixed-use
            > > > > housing, followed by equally misplaced Olson housing plans.
            > > > >
            > > > > El Cerrito Redevelopment has, over the years, poured $30 to $40
            > > > > million into Del Norte. Half of it largely wasted, e.g. Target,
            > half
            > > > > of it questionable, e.g.Del Norte Place (else why the empty
            > > > > storefronts and "$240 moves you in" ads they just put up), or
            > the
            > > > > barely holding on strip mall across the street from BART. The
            > waste,
            > > > > on a per capita basis, is 15 times (!) as much as the $20
            > billion the
            > > > > (past) administration supposedly spent on "reconstruction" in
            > Iraq (as
            > > > > reported earlier this week).
            > > > >
            > > > > Deconstructing Redevelopment in a way that eventually redirects
            > the
            > > > > money to schools will be hard, but saving our Public Schools
            > will be
            > > > > impossible, unless we get the Redevelopment Albatross of our
            > backs
            > > > > first. The best course of action on the Middle School is also a
            > > > > complex decision, but it should not be driven by immediate money
            > > > > concerns. A society that cannot adequately educate the bulk of
            > its
            > > > > kids may not be worth saving.
            > > > >
            > > > > Peter
            > > > > -------------
            > > > >
            > > > > Richmond Steps Forward to Save Four Schools
            > > > >
            > > > > Wednesday, February 4, 2009 - updated: 12:19 am PST February 5,
            > 2009
            > > > > PINOLE, Calif. -- There was a big surprise Wednesday night at a
            > > > > jam-packed meeting of the West Contra Costa School Board.
            > > > >
            > > > > The district had planned to close nine schools in five different
            > > > > cities because of a lack of funding. But in an extraordinary
            > move, the
            > > > > City of Richmond came forward and pledged enough money to save
            > all
            > > > > four Richmond schools.
            > > > >
            > > > > About 500 parents, teachers and students crowded into the Pinole
            > > > > Valley High School gymnasium to demand the West Contra Costa
            > Unified
            > > > > School District spare their schools from closure.
            > > > >
            > > > > The school board says it's facing possible bankruptcy and needs
            > to
            > > > > close as many as nine schools to stay solvent.
            > > > >
            > > > > But the Richmond Vice Mayor Ludmyrna Lopez stepped forward and
            > said
            > > > > the city council had agreed to provide $1.5 million in funding
            > to save
            > > > > the four Richmond schools on the closure list. The announcement
            > > > > brought almost everyone in the house to their feet in applause.
            > > > >
            > > > > In addition, the San Pablo City Council is said to be ready to
            > provide
            > > > > $300,000 to save Lake Elementary School from closure.
            > > > >
            > > > > That leaves Olinda and El Sobrante Elementary schools in El
            > Sobrante,
            > > > > Castro Elementary School in El Cerrito and Shannon School in
            > Pinole
            > > > > still facing possible closure.
            > > > >
            > > > > Board members are hoping those cities also will come forward
            > with
            > > > > financial assistance.
            > > > >
            > > > > Copyright 2009 by KTVU.com. All rights reserved. This material
            > may not
            > > > > be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
            > > > >
            > > > >
            > > > >
            > > >
            > > > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
            > > >
            > > > ------------------------------------
            > > >
            > > > Yahoo! Groups Links
            > > >
            > > >
            > > >
            > >
            > >
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            > >
            >
          • rogerf85
            Grant is not listed in the board resolution. Is it because it was a second choice? ... closure ... correctly ... Grant ... structural ... and ... closures ...
            Message 5 of 18 , Feb 6, 2009
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              Grant is not listed in the board resolution. Is it because it was a second choice?

              --- In wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com, "jenniferwilliams@..." <jenniferwilliams@...> wrote:
              >
              > You all know this, but I just want to put it on the record:
              >
              > Olinda Elementary is one of the 4 Richmond schools that have been taken OFF the
              closure
              > list at the behest of the Richmond City Council. Channel 2 did not report this fact
              correctly
              > in its Feb. 4 report, but after requests for a correction, the station removed Ken Wayne's
              > incorrect story from its web site.
              >
              > I'll restate here, to make sure I'm clear to the point of redundancy:
              >
              > The school board directed staff to remove Nystrom Elementary, Olinda Elementary,
              Grant
              > Elementary and Kennedy High from the school closure list at the Feb. 4 meeting. Special
              > funding ($1.5 million from the Richmond City Council) will keep Nystrom, Olinda, Grant
              > and Kennedy open.
              >
              > Below is a draft of the resolution that the board will vote on next Wednesday (2/11):
              >
              > BOARD OF EDUCATION
              > WEST CONTRA COSTA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
              >
              > Board Resolution on School Closures
              >
              > RESOLUTION NO. XX-0809
              > February 11, 2009
              >
              > Whereas the West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) must address a
              structural
              > deficit (spending in excess of revenue) and has adopted a budget that includes school
              > closures for 2009-10 and 2010-11; and
              > Whereas the Contra Costa County Superintendent, as is required under state statute,
              > approved the 2008-09 WCCUSD budget contingent upon school closures and other
              > specified remedies for the WCCUSD structural deficit; and
              > Whereas on December 10, 2008 the WCCUSD Board approved the criteria, the process
              and
              > the timeline for school closures as well as authorizing a contract for expert review and
              > recommendation on school closures; and
              > Whereas the District has held 13 public meetings to follow the process for school
              closures
              > and involve the community in the process; and
              > Whereas District staff have used public input and expert review in formulating a
              > recommendation for school closures for 2009-10 and 2010-11; and
              >
              > Whereas the City of Richmond on February 3, 2009 adopted a motion that specifies that
              > the City would pay WCCUSD $1.5 million to keep open two elementary schools (Olinda
              and
              > Nystrom) and one secondary school (Kennedy High School) for 2010-11 when those
              > schools would have closed according to the WCCUSD staff recommendation; and
              > Whereas the City of San Pablo has expressed an interest (but made no commitment) to
              > keep one of the schools (Lake Elementary) open for 2009-10 and 2010-11.
              >
              > Therefore be it resolved that the WCCUSD Board adopts a closure plan as required by
              the
              > County:
              >
              > Schools / Facilities Closed for 2009-10:
              > El Sobrante Elementary
              > Castro Elementary
              > Shannon Elementary
              > Lake Elementary
              > Adams Middle School
              > Seaview Staff Development Center
              > Furniture Warehouse
              >
              > Schools that are included in the Staff Recommendation for closure in 2010-11 and
              subject
              > to an agreement between the City of Richmond and WCCUSD to remain open:
              > Olinda Elementary (would remain open for 2010-11 with funding from the City of
              > Richmond and for longer if another external source of funding is forthcoming)
              > Nystrom Elementary (would remain open for 2010-11 with funding from the City of
              > Richmond and for longer if another external source of funding is forthcoming)
              > Kennedy High School (would remain open for 2010-11 with funding from the City of
              > Richmond and for longer if another external source of funding is forthcoming)
              > The following schools / operations will be consolidated into Kennedy High School if and
              > when that school loses the external funding needed to stay open, or before that time if
              > suitable alternative spaces can be identified and approved by the Board:
              >
              > Gompers Continuation High School
              > North Campus Continuation High School/ Pupils Services Center
              > Serra Adult Education School
              > Alvarado Adult Education School
              > That District make the following grade level changes:
              > Mira Visa to K-7 for 2010-11 and K-8 for 2011-12
              > Chavez, Wilson, Coronado, King, Lincoln, Nystrom, Dover and Stege to K-6 for 2009-10
              > PASSED AND ADOPTED this 11th day of February, 2009, at a special meeting of the
              Board
              > of Education by the following votes:
              > AYES: NOES: ABSENT: ABSTAIN:
              >
              > I HEREBY CERTIFY that the foregoing resolution was duly and regularly introduced,
              passed
              > and adopted by the members of the Governing Board of the West Contra Costa Unified
              > School District at the public meeting of said Board held on February 11, 2009.
              > __________________________
              > Bruce Harter
              > Secretary, Board of Education
              >
              > Here is the link to the above draft resolution:
              >
              http://www.wccusd.k12.ca.us/Fiscal/School_closure/Draft_Board_Resolution_on_School_Cl
              > osures_2-11-09.pdf
              >
            • Linda
              Adams Middle School has qualified for $13 MILLION in matching state retrofit funding. Additionally it seems that Adams qualifies for a significant amount of
              Message 6 of 18 , Feb 6, 2009
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                Adams Middle School has qualified for $13 MILLION in matching state
                retrofit funding. Additionally it seems that Adams qualifies for a
                significant amount of modernization money. The December 2008
                structural engineering report identifies a collapse hazard and the
                short term spectral acceleration at the site is over 1.7.

                Adams can rebuilt because it is on bedrock and 15 acres. Adams is also
                a Title 1 school and hence has special programs. Adams has a majority
                of minorities, it is 7% white. Adams is the highest enrolled Middle
                School in WCCUSD and a capacity for over 1,100.

                Portola Middle School does NOT qualify for retrofit funding, because
                it is on a landslide.

                WHERE WILL ADAMS STUDENTS GO???
                The school will be broken up and the students sent away from the Hill
                schools. The MGT report rates Adams at a 1 for GEOGRAPHY EQUITY, the
                plan is to send these students to 3 different middle schools. Crespi
                is 6 miles away.

                Last month the School Board voted to revise the Transfer policy, so
                transfers need to reapply every year and can be bumped.

                MGT rates Adams a 1 for Geography equity, their description:
                --Closing this school would not impact geographic program equity and
                would only minimally add to the distances that students travel to
                school.--

                It seems the MGT report has serious omissions and errors concerning
                Financial, Special Education and EQUITY issues, that need to be corrected.


                -Linda

                -- In wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com, "rogerf85" <rogerf85@...> wrote:
                >
                > Do we know what will happen to the students at Adams, for example,
                how long they would
                > have to be on a temporary campus? Or where they would go next?
                >
                > Hasn't Adams existed with its "seismic concern for a decade or so?
                Or am I mistaken?
                >
                > Maybe all the closure issue is all of a sudden relevant because bond
                money to repair all
                > the schools on the original list is not sufficient at this point?
                >
                > Dunno.
                >
                > --- In wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com, "Hallie Friedman" <hallief@> wrote:
                > >
                > > Please note that Richmond was in a unique position this year due to
                > > the passage of Measure T which will give the city a large infusion of
                > > cash (mostly from Chevron) and which is partly targeted toward
                > > improving community and decreasing crime - and keeping schools open
                > > follows that mandate. The money can only be spent in the city (hence
                > > cannot fund Adams which is unincorporated county, which the board has
                > > clearly said won't stay open due to seismic concerns, the only reason
                > > it is on the list). And note - the city said they will only fund for
                > > 2 years - so these, and/or other schools will be on the list
                > > eventually.
                > >
                > > El Cerrito cannot legally use redevelopment money - which is federal
                > > and specific funding - for anything other than redevelopment! And I
                > > doubt if El Cerrito has any extra funding to assist with schools.
                > >
                > > San Pablo may be able to come up with some funding for Lake because
                > > they do get Casino money which is unencumbered.
                > >
                > > --- In wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com, c slamon <cslamon@> wrote:
                > > >
                > > > The school site of Olinda is in the city of Richmond and Olinda is
                > > one of
                > > > the schools that the Richmond City Council is saving. The four
                > > schools
                > > > being funded from Richmond are Olinda, Nystrom, Grant and Kennedy.
                > > >
                > > >
                > > >
                > > > On Thu, Feb 5, 2009 at 11:23 AM, Catherine Mercurio <
                > > > catherine@> wrote:
                > > >
                > > > > Perhaps someone could explain the status of Olinda. I was under
                > > the
                > > > > impression that Olinda is in El Sobrante. I would love to see
                > > Olinda saved
                > > > > from closure, but why would the Richmond City Council vote to
                > > save it?
                > > > >
                > > > > Another question: Is staff recommending that a newly rebuilt
                > > Portola be
                > > > > only
                > > > > 7-8 (rather than 6-8)? With Stege recommended to become a K-6,
                > > the only
                > > > > feeder school remaining as a K-5 would be Madera. If Portola
                > > remains a 6-8,
                > > > > how many 6th graders would be attending? If Portola becomes a 7-
                > > 8, where do
                > > > > the Madera students go for 6th grade?
                > > > >
                > > > >
                > > > > -----Original Message-----
                > > > > From: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com <wccusdtalk%40yahoogroups.com>
                > > [mailto:
                > > > > wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com <wccusdtalk%40yahoogroups.com>] On
                > > > > Behalf Of c slamon
                > > > > Sent: Thursday, February 05, 2009 9:39 AM
                > > > > To: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com <wccusdtalk%40yahoogroups.com>
                > > > > Subject: Re: [wccusdtalk] Richmond steps forward, El Cerrito
                > > falls flat..
                > > > >
                > > > > Peter,
                > > > > Unfortunately the article below by KTVU has many errors. The 4
                > > schools that
                > > > > Richmond voted to save are Olinda, Nystrom, Grant and Kennedy.
                > > The West
                > > > > County Times article also contained an error this morning saying
                > > that Adams
                > > > > is in Richmond when it is located in an unincorporated area
                > > outside the
                > > > > city
                > > > > limits of Richmond. These errors are very frustrating and are
                > > just adding
                > > > > to the confusion of this entire situation.
                > > > >
                > > > > Christina Slamon
                > > > >
                > > > > On Thu, Feb 5, 2009 at 7:55 AM, petr_loubal <ploubal@<ploubal%
                > > 40hotmail.com>>
                > > > > wrote:
                > > > >
                > > > > > Below, last night's news. Meanwhile in El Cerrito, at its Monday
                > > > > > night meeting, the Council/Redevelopment Agency listened to a
                > > dire
                > > > > > presentation of WCCUSD plans, offered to help by asking the
                > > State to
                > > > > > fund, and then went on to approve spending over $4 million (with
                > > > > > interest), to buy the "Mayfair site" at Del Norte. (As Council
                > > and
                > > > > > Staff continues to self-praise itself for "the beautiful new
                > > City
                > > > > > Hall." Ignoring the fact the General Fund went into hock to pay
                > > for it
                > > > > > - just the annual interest would have saved a school or two).
                > > > > >
                > > > > > Yes, they acquired the same money pit on which developer Oewel
                > > wasted
                > > > > > $1 million (by his claim), first on a Mega-theater, later on
                > > Mixed-use
                > > > > > housing, followed by equally misplaced Olson housing plans.
                > > > > >
                > > > > > El Cerrito Redevelopment has, over the years, poured $30 to $40
                > > > > > million into Del Norte. Half of it largely wasted, e.g. Target,
                > > half
                > > > > > of it questionable, e.g.Del Norte Place (else why the empty
                > > > > > storefronts and "$240 moves you in" ads they just put up), or
                > > the
                > > > > > barely holding on strip mall across the street from BART. The
                > > waste,
                > > > > > on a per capita basis, is 15 times (!) as much as the $20
                > > billion the
                > > > > > (past) administration supposedly spent on "reconstruction" in
                > > Iraq (as
                > > > > > reported earlier this week).
                > > > > >
                > > > > > Deconstructing Redevelopment in a way that eventually redirects
                > > the
                > > > > > money to schools will be hard, but saving our Public Schools
                > > will be
                > > > > > impossible, unless we get the Redevelopment Albatross of our
                > > backs
                > > > > > first. The best course of action on the Middle School is also a
                > > > > > complex decision, but it should not be driven by immediate money
                > > > > > concerns. A society that cannot adequately educate the bulk of
                > > its
                > > > > > kids may not be worth saving.
                > > > > >
                > > > > > Peter
                > > > > > -------------
                > > > > >
                > > > > > Richmond Steps Forward to Save Four Schools
                > > > > >
                > > > > > Wednesday, February 4, 2009 - updated: 12:19 am PST February 5,
                > > 2009
                > > > > > PINOLE, Calif. -- There was a big surprise Wednesday night at a
                > > > > > jam-packed meeting of the West Contra Costa School Board.
                > > > > >
                > > > > > The district had planned to close nine schools in five different
                > > > > > cities because of a lack of funding. But in an extraordinary
                > > move, the
                > > > > > City of Richmond came forward and pledged enough money to save
                > > all
                > > > > > four Richmond schools.
                > > > > >
                > > > > > About 500 parents, teachers and students crowded into the Pinole
                > > > > > Valley High School gymnasium to demand the West Contra Costa
                > > Unified
                > > > > > School District spare their schools from closure.
                > > > > >
                > > > > > The school board says it's facing possible bankruptcy and needs
                > > to
                > > > > > close as many as nine schools to stay solvent.
                > > > > >
                > > > > > But the Richmond Vice Mayor Ludmyrna Lopez stepped forward and
                > > said
                > > > > > the city council had agreed to provide $1.5 million in funding
                > > to save
                > > > > > the four Richmond schools on the closure list. The announcement
                > > > > > brought almost everyone in the house to their feet in applause.
                > > > > >
                > > > > > In addition, the San Pablo City Council is said to be ready to
                > > provide
                > > > > > $300,000 to save Lake Elementary School from closure.
                > > > > >
                > > > > > That leaves Olinda and El Sobrante Elementary schools in El
                > > Sobrante,
                > > > > > Castro Elementary School in El Cerrito and Shannon School in
                > > Pinole
                > > > > > still facing possible closure.
                > > > > >
                > > > > > Board members are hoping those cities also will come forward
                > > with
                > > > > > financial assistance.
                > > > > >
                > > > > > Copyright 2009 by KTVU.com. All rights reserved. This material
                > > may not
                > > > > > be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
                > > > > >
                > > > > >
                > > > > >
                > > > >
                > > > > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
                > > > >
                > > > > ------------------------------------
                > > > >
                > > > > Yahoo! Groups Links
                > > > >
                > > > >
                > > > >
                > > >
                > > >
                > > > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
                > > >
                > >
                >
              • reducingandreusing
                Please note that Adams is on the same fault as Madera & Kensington. No one suggested closing those schools because they are on the Hayward fault. Ramsey & his
                Message 7 of 18 , Feb 8, 2009
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                  Please note that Adams is on the same fault as Madera & Kensington.
                  No one suggested closing those schools because they are on the
                  Hayward fault.

                  Ramsey & his supporters want Adams closed because it is part of their
                  plan to build a small middle school in El Cerrito.

                  For some reason, it is okay for the Adams kids to travel 6 miles to
                  Crespi (if Adams closes), but it's too much of a hardship for EC kids
                  to travel the 1/2 mile outside of EC to the Adams site.




                  --- In wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com, "Hallie Friedman" <hallief@...>
                  wrote:
                  >
                  > Please note that Richmond was in a unique position this year due to
                  > the passage of Measure T which will give the city a large infusion
                  of
                  > cash (mostly from Chevron) and which is partly targeted toward
                  > improving community and decreasing crime - and keeping schools open
                  > follows that mandate. The money can only be spent in the city
                  (hence
                  > cannot fund Adams which is unincorporated county, which the board
                  has
                  > clearly said won't stay open due to seismic concerns, the only
                  reason
                  > it is on the list). And note - the city said they will only fund
                  for
                  > 2 years - so these, and/or other schools will be on the list
                  > eventually.
                  >
                  > El Cerrito cannot legally use redevelopment money - which is
                  federal
                  > and specific funding - for anything other than redevelopment! And I
                  > doubt if El Cerrito has any extra funding to assist with schools.
                  >
                  > San Pablo may be able to come up with some funding for Lake because
                  > they do get Casino money which is unencumbered.
                  >
                  > --- In wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com, c slamon <cslamon@> wrote:
                  > >
                  > > The school site of Olinda is in the city of Richmond and Olinda
                  is
                  > one of
                  > > the schools that the Richmond City Council is saving. The four
                  > schools
                  > > being funded from Richmond are Olinda, Nystrom, Grant and Kennedy.
                  > >
                  > >
                  > >
                  > > On Thu, Feb 5, 2009 at 11:23 AM, Catherine Mercurio <
                  > > catherine@> wrote:
                  > >
                  > > > Perhaps someone could explain the status of Olinda. I was
                  under
                  > the
                  > > > impression that Olinda is in El Sobrante. I would love to see
                  > Olinda saved
                  > > > from closure, but why would the Richmond City Council vote to
                  > save it?
                  > > >
                  > > > Another question: Is staff recommending that a newly rebuilt
                  > Portola be
                  > > > only
                  > > > 7-8 (rather than 6-8)? With Stege recommended to become a K-6,
                  > the only
                  > > > feeder school remaining as a K-5 would be Madera. If Portola
                  > remains a 6-8,
                  > > > how many 6th graders would be attending? If Portola becomes a 7-
                  > 8, where do
                  > > > the Madera students go for 6th grade?
                  > > >
                  > > >
                  > > > -----Original Message-----
                  > > > From: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com <wccusdtalk%40yahoogroups.com>
                  > [mailto:
                  > > > wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com <wccusdtalk%40yahoogroups.com>] On
                  > > > Behalf Of c slamon
                  > > > Sent: Thursday, February 05, 2009 9:39 AM
                  > > > To: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com <wccusdtalk%40yahoogroups.com>
                  > > > Subject: Re: [wccusdtalk] Richmond steps forward, El Cerrito
                  > falls flat..
                  > > >
                  > > > Peter,
                  > > > Unfortunately the article below by KTVU has many errors. The 4
                  > schools that
                  > > > Richmond voted to save are Olinda, Nystrom, Grant and Kennedy.
                  > The West
                  > > > County Times article also contained an error this morning
                  saying
                  > that Adams
                  > > > is in Richmond when it is located in an unincorporated area
                  > outside the
                  > > > city
                  > > > limits of Richmond. These errors are very frustrating and are
                  > just adding
                  > > > to the confusion of this entire situation.
                  > > >
                  > > > Christina Slamon
                  > > >
                  > > > On Thu, Feb 5, 2009 at 7:55 AM, petr_loubal <ploubal@<ploubal%
                  > 40hotmail.com>>
                  > > > wrote:
                  > > >
                  > > > > Below, last night's news. Meanwhile in El Cerrito, at its
                  Monday
                  > > > > night meeting, the Council/Redevelopment Agency listened to a
                  > dire
                  > > > > presentation of WCCUSD plans, offered to help by asking the
                  > State to
                  > > > > fund, and then went on to approve spending over $4 million
                  (with
                  > > > > interest), to buy the "Mayfair site" at Del Norte. (As
                  Council
                  > and
                  > > > > Staff continues to self-praise itself for "the beautiful new
                  > City
                  > > > > Hall." Ignoring the fact the General Fund went into hock to
                  pay
                  > for it
                  > > > > - just the annual interest would have saved a school or two).
                  > > > >
                  > > > > Yes, they acquired the same money pit on which developer
                  Oewel
                  > wasted
                  > > > > $1 million (by his claim), first on a Mega-theater, later on
                  > Mixed-use
                  > > > > housing, followed by equally misplaced Olson housing plans.
                  > > > >
                  > > > > El Cerrito Redevelopment has, over the years, poured $30 to
                  $40
                  > > > > million into Del Norte. Half of it largely wasted, e.g.
                  Target,
                  > half
                  > > > > of it questionable, e.g.Del Norte Place (else why the empty
                  > > > > storefronts and "$240 moves you in" ads they just put up), or
                  > the
                  > > > > barely holding on strip mall across the street from BART. The
                  > waste,
                  > > > > on a per capita basis, is 15 times (!) as much as the $20
                  > billion the
                  > > > > (past) administration supposedly spent on "reconstruction" in
                  > Iraq (as
                  > > > > reported earlier this week).
                  > > > >
                  > > > > Deconstructing Redevelopment in a way that eventually
                  redirects
                  > the
                  > > > > money to schools will be hard, but saving our Public Schools
                  > will be
                  > > > > impossible, unless we get the Redevelopment Albatross of our
                  > backs
                  > > > > first. The best course of action on the Middle School is also
                  a
                  > > > > complex decision, but it should not be driven by immediate
                  money
                  > > > > concerns. A society that cannot adequately educate the bulk
                  of
                  > its
                  > > > > kids may not be worth saving.
                  > > > >
                  > > > > Peter
                  > > > > -------------
                  > > > >
                  > > > > Richmond Steps Forward to Save Four Schools
                  > > > >
                  > > > > Wednesday, February 4, 2009 - updated: 12:19 am PST February
                  5,
                  > 2009
                  > > > > PINOLE, Calif. -- There was a big surprise Wednesday night at
                  a
                  > > > > jam-packed meeting of the West Contra Costa School Board.
                  > > > >
                  > > > > The district had planned to close nine schools in five
                  different
                  > > > > cities because of a lack of funding. But in an extraordinary
                  > move, the
                  > > > > City of Richmond came forward and pledged enough money to
                  save
                  > all
                  > > > > four Richmond schools.
                  > > > >
                  > > > > About 500 parents, teachers and students crowded into the
                  Pinole
                  > > > > Valley High School gymnasium to demand the West Contra Costa
                  > Unified
                  > > > > School District spare their schools from closure.
                  > > > >
                  > > > > The school board says it's facing possible bankruptcy and
                  needs
                  > to
                  > > > > close as many as nine schools to stay solvent.
                  > > > >
                  > > > > But the Richmond Vice Mayor Ludmyrna Lopez stepped forward
                  and
                  > said
                  > > > > the city council had agreed to provide $1.5 million in
                  funding
                  > to save
                  > > > > the four Richmond schools on the closure list. The
                  announcement
                  > > > > brought almost everyone in the house to their feet in
                  applause.
                  > > > >
                  > > > > In addition, the San Pablo City Council is said to be ready
                  to
                  > provide
                  > > > > $300,000 to save Lake Elementary School from closure.
                  > > > >
                  > > > > That leaves Olinda and El Sobrante Elementary schools in El
                  > Sobrante,
                  > > > > Castro Elementary School in El Cerrito and Shannon School in
                  > Pinole
                  > > > > still facing possible closure.
                  > > > >
                  > > > > Board members are hoping those cities also will come forward
                  > with
                  > > > > financial assistance.
                  > > > >
                  > > > > Copyright 2009 by KTVU.com. All rights reserved. This
                  material
                  > may not
                  > > > > be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
                  > > > >
                  > > > >
                  > > > >
                  > > >
                  > > > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
                  > > >
                  > > > ------------------------------------
                  > > >
                  > > > Yahoo! Groups Links
                  > > >
                  > > >
                  > > >
                  > >
                  > >
                  > > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
                  > >
                  >
                • rogerf85
                  ... Hm. Are you suggesting that Madera and Kensington WCCUSD schools should be teated like Adams is based on this info?
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                    --- In wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com, "reducingandreusing" <valerie.snider@...> wrote:
                    > Please note that Adams is on the same fault as Madera & Kensington.
                    > No one suggested closing those schools because they are on the
                    > Hayward fault.
                    >


                    Hm. Are you suggesting that Madera and Kensington WCCUSD schools should be teated like
                    Adams is based on this info?
                  • reducingandreusing
                    No, they have already been rebuilt. Before they were rebuilt, no one suggested that they should be closed because the sites were on the fault. ... Kensington.
                    Message 9 of 18 , Feb 8, 2009
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                      No, they have already been rebuilt. Before they were rebuilt, no one
                      suggested that they should be closed because the sites were on the
                      fault.


                      --- In wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com, "rogerf85" <rogerf85@...> wrote:
                      >
                      > --- In wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com, "reducingandreusing"
                      <valerie.snider@> wrote:
                      > > Please note that Adams is on the same fault as Madera &
                      Kensington.
                      > > No one suggested closing those schools because they are on the
                      > > Hayward fault.
                      > >
                      >
                      >
                      > Hm. Are you suggesting that Madera and Kensington WCCUSD schools
                      should be teated like
                      > Adams is based on this info?
                      >
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