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Re: [wccusdtalk] Re: School Renovation Equity

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  • Ramosla@aol.com
    Just a comment on the topic. I agree that any school renovated or newly built should follow the mandate. But shouldn t the bond dollars also go only to
    Message 1 of 5 , Mar 18, 2009
      Just a comment on the topic. I agree that any school renovated or
      newly built should follow the mandate. But shouldn't the bond dollars
      also go only to schools were growth or nearly full capacity is
      anticipated? The fact is there are only so many dollars and our
      priorities need to align themselves with the reality of our fiscal
      situation. Every student deserves a clean, well built (ie safe, etc.)
      school, but they mean fewer, better schools.


      -----Original Message-----

      From: Carolyn <Carolyn02@...>

      To: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com

      Sent: Wed, 18 Mar 2009 8:01 am

      Subject: [wccusdtalk] Re: School Renovation Equity

      Thank you Jill for your response. The difference from the data that
      you provided to the handout that I see is that some schools feed in to
      multiple school families. My thinking is that the handout and data we
      got categorized the schoo
      ls where the majority of students go. For
      example your list of Richmond feeders include Crespi, but I believe the
      majority of Crespi students go to De Anza. Also you show Bayview
      feeding in to Richmond but the hand out says De Anza. Not sure which
      is true but if it truly is Richmond then that makes De Anza stats worse
      at only 3 of 8 schools renovated (37.5%). I agree the information is
      confusing and this just makes it harder for us to stay informed.

      My real question is why are some areas getting most of the money for
      renovation while some areas are left behind? Someone told me that the
      city of Hercules had a lot to do with getting all of their schools
      fixed up. What did they do?

      Also what thinking went behind some of the decisions on whether to
      rebuild a school or not? Harding elementary for example, was rebuilt
      in an area where there are just over a 100 resident students and the
      studies done show that this is not likely to change. Portola is being
      planned for only 600 students when the mandate says at least 900.
      Maybe we should be closing Harding and making that the middle school
      school campus in El Cerrito. The 100 odd residents could easily be
      rezoned to Fairmont, Hilltop & Madera. Just a thought but you have to
      admit that it would save
      the district millions of dollars - something
      we desperately need to be doing right now.

      Also after my look at the data, I truly think it is time that De Anza
      was focused on. Two elementary schools have been completed and De Anza
      high has broken ground which makes only 3 out of 8 schools in the area.
      It does seem the most ignored area in WCCUSD and that does needs to

      I look forward to hearing responses.

      --- In wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com, "sunsetjill" <sunsetjill@...> wrote:


      > I am curious about that handout as I am of many of the handouts given
      that had false claims on them. First of all there are 12 feeders into
      Richmond High and then when you include Richmond High that makes it 13.
      Someone else was asking me questions about feeder schools, so I will
      give you the link and hope it works...


      > http://www.wccusd.k12.ca.us/schools/feeder.shtml


      > Sorry I would like to respond more to your questions, but it seems
      sometimes when I post on this talk group, I am to BLAME for WCCUSD's



      > Good Luck


      > Jill Wolkenfeld




      > In wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com, "Carolyn" <Carolyn02@> wrote:

      > >

      > > I am new to the district having started this school year when my
      child entered Kindergarten. I have been reading these message boards
      and think others are as annoyed as me that schools targeted for closure
      were only given one real condition and that was whether it has been
      renovated (or already is scheduled to be). This condition was labeled
      a "criteria" but obviously was a condition.

      > >

      > > My amateur analysis based on a handout given to me at one of the
      closure meetings shows an obvious bias toward some family of schools.
      I found out:-

      > > � Hercules High Family � 100% of schools renovate (5 of 5)

      > > � Kennedy High Family � 64% of schools renovated (7 of 11)

      > > � El Cerrito High Family � 63% of schools renovated. (5 of 8)

      > > � Richm
      ond High Family � 60% of schools renovated (6 of 10)

      > > � Pinole Valley High Family - 50% of schools renovated (4 of 8)

      > > � De Anza High Family �- 44% of schools renovated (4 of 9)

      > >

      > > These are based on current school scenarios and include the schools
      that are slated for closure (they aren't closed yet!).

      > >

      > > Can anyone give me some history to see how these decisions were
      made regarding which schools got included in the bond program.

      > >

      > > Thank you,

      > >

      > > Carolyn

      > >

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