Re: [wccusdtalk] Re: School Renovation Equity
- 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.
From: Carolyn <Carolyn02@...>
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, "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...
> 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 email@example.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:-
> > ï¿½ Hercules High Family ï¿½ 100% of schools renovate (5 of 5)
> > ï¿½ Kennedy High Family ï¿½ 64% of schools renovated (7 of 11)
> > ï¿½ El Cerrito High Family ï¿½ 63% of schools renovated. (5 of 8)
> > ï¿½ Richm
ond High Family ï¿½ 60% of schools renovated (6 of 10)
> > ï¿½ Pinole Valley High Family - 50% of schools renovated (4 of 8)
> > ï¿½ De Anza High Family ï¿½- 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