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    Dear Mr. O Connell, I thought you might be interested in a recent email I sent to Fred Stewart regarding the state of our schools in West Contra Costa
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 11, 2003
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      Dear Mr. O'Connell,
      I thought you might be interested in a recent email I sent to Fred Stewart
      regarding the state of our schools in West Contra Costa County.  I would
      appreciate any thoughts you might have concerning any of the issues I bring up. 
      Thank you,
      Amy Ukena
      Membership Chair/PTSA
      Forwarded Message:
      Subj: The upcoming Board meeting... 
      Date: 6/9/2003 4:55:31 PM Pacific Daylight Time
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      Dear Mr. Stewart,
      I have read the latest news and reports concerning the budget and the state
      of affairs at the West Contra Costa Unified School District, as well as the
      letters and emails to you from various concerned parents, teachers and
      counselors.  I would like to add my voice to the choir, if I may, but I really only have
      one question for you:

      Would you have wanted your child to go to a school that had over 32 children
      in a
      classroom, one teacher, and no guidance counselor in a facility with no
      lunchroom, no PE, no band, and no arts program?

      I didn't think so.

      And yet that is what my child has to look forward to.  And in fact many of
      these are ongoing problems through which she has had to learn to manuver during
      her time in this school district.

      I can only pray that, even though your focus is on the bottom line of an
      imaginary budget, you will remember that the numbers represent the hopes and
      future of our children, not dry, alien figures.

      Do not cut the teachers' salaries, the counselors, or the class size
      Cut the unnecessary and redundant consultants who plague this district.
      Cut irrelevant testing.
      Reconsider the SBC contract for wiring our schools.  We do not need to do
      this now. Why do we need video-conferencing when we don't even have books in our

      The stability you talk about in today's article in the West Contra County
      Times will only come for our children when we give them the attention and support
      they deserve and have a right to expect.  My daughter, who is 16, concluded 
      that the school district is not really interested in her welfare.  She got the
      message loudly and clearly.

      Give the attention and support to our children, not to the money.

      Thank you for your attention and I look forward to hearing from you.
      with great sorrow,
      Amy Ukena
      Parent/PTSA member
      5827 Sutter Ave.
      Richmond, CA  94804

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