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  • mswizbiz@aol.com
    Happy New Year Kevin, Scottie and all, Is this $100K paying for the College Planning Solutions (CPS) consultant, Ricky Augustine? (Maybe some of it s a kick
    Message 1 of 44 , Jan 1, 2004
      Happy New Year Kevin, Scottie and all,

      Is this $100K paying for the College Planning Solutions (CPS) consultant,
      Ricky Augustine? (Maybe some of it's a kick back to whom I shall not say.) In
      their CPS's defense, as Kevin knows, they will be holding a college financial
      aid/planning workshop at Richmond High-- I think the first week in January.
      Flyers about this were sent to high schools throughout the district (maybe 50 to
      each high school, lost in piles somewhere). My son received a flyer in the
      mail because he and my husband attended the CPS college fair at Richmond High
      last fall at my request. They considered the fair a gigantic waste of time.
      Many of the colleges and universities shown on the "map" were not even there!
      UC Berkeley's table consisted of a couple of undergrad student volunteers
      answering questions about campus life. Better than nothing. And there was a
      follow-up letter from College Planning Solutions with a nebulous offer to help
      with college admissions planning in the coming months. Let us not forget the
      website designed by Tech Futures, called College Wizard.com (I think). It lists
      the same historically black colleges represented at the college fair, CSU and
      UC links and one Ivy League school--Brown in RI. When I asked about the less
      than comprehensive listings and links on the website, I was told they were
      still working on the website. I think that website was paid for out of last
      year's AP Challenge Grant money, that was left "unspent" by the sites. I'm sure
      many of you recall that situation. Maybe Tech Futures needs some TIIG money to
      put the polish on that website.

      My suggestion about all this is the following:
      There are some excellent, extremely comprehensive college fairs that are held
      in the East Bay each year. Why not use some money to pay for buses to bring
      kids and parents to the fair held at St. Mary's College in the spring, for
      example? It would be like a giant fieldtrip. Of course we would have to bump up
      communication to the students and parents a notch to make that work.
      Communication; there's an interesting concept. Maybe we could get PTA and Site
      Council members to volunteer to help with the effort. This is definitely a project
      for our new Parent and Community Involvement Coordinator, Ms. Supple. She
      could coordinate with parent contacts at the different high school sites and get
      the word out.
      Looking forward to a challenging 2004 for us all,
      Your friend and WCCUSD parent,
      Marsha Williamson

      PS I really should have read my board packet before going on and on about
      this. I am afraid to look at the inserts for several Jan 7 agenda items because
      I have been told that my sorrow about the sad state of affairs in our district
      will only deepen.

      [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
    • Roger
      Hello all. Rogér Fahr, here, ex-WCCUSD Grants Office. Margaret and Mike are on the right track. The District Safety Committee would actually be a great
      Message 44 of 44 , Nov 19, 2008
        Hello all. Rogér Fahr, here, ex-WCCUSD Grants Office.

        Margaret and Mike are on the right track. The District Safety Committee would actually be
        a great place to start. The CDE has a model template for school safety plans. The plan has
        a number of components. This could be helpful. Link: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/ss/vp/sschecklist.asp

        Other links of interest: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/ss/vp/safeschlplanning.asp
        and http://www.safestate.org/index.cfm?navId=15

        There is also a grant opportunity coming up. However, it is doubtful that more than one
        school in the district would be funded.

        Link to last year's announcement (the new announcement is not out yet):


        --- In wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com, "Tony Sustak" <mtsustak@...> wrote:
        > The Richmond High teacher did not make "misguided accusations." She gave an
        > eye-witness account of the safety situation at RHS. Mike makes a valid point
        > about the inadequate number of site supervisors at RHS. This is a problem at
        > all of the large schools, and probably small schools, in the District. All
        > schools should have sufficient numbers of permanent site supervisors to
        > monitor points of entry and the hall ways. And what about only one entry, at
        > or near the main office, for visitors? This entry should be staffed by a
        > site supervisor at all times. I went to DeJean Middle School on Friday,
        > 11/14. I signed the visitors' book at the front desk at the main office.
        > However, there was no one at the desk to inquire about my business on the
        > campus or give me an identifying visitor's badge. I gained unmonitored
        > access to DeJean's campus ( like what was done in Anna Werner's report on
        > RHS) and could have gone anywhere and done any thing. At Kennedy High,
        > visitors are supposed to enter at the front gate and go to the main office
        > to sign in etc. However, anyone can walk past the office and go wherever
        > they please on campus. And with a small crew of site supervisors (much like
        > at RHS), a trespasser is not likely to be caught. These are just two
        > examples of how easy it is for anyone to gain access to our schools. Fences
        > around the schools? Kennedy has a fence; however, anyone can jump the fence.
        > I saw a student jump over the fence near the gym at Kennedy. Two rows of 12
        > ft fences with concertina wire on top may keep out intruders. Should we also
        > have gun turrets like prisons? Do we want this type of atmosphere for our
        > students and ourselves?
        > Metal detectors? The District tried this, but did not have sufficient
        > trained personnel to efficiently scan and search all students, at Kennedy,
        > when they entered the campus at the beginning of the school day.
        > Safety is an issue in our schools, ant it is complex. However, I think that
        > Anna Werner's investigation, "School Under Siege," was sensationalism, not
        > an honest attempt to describe and expose a problem in our District. And
        > Harter contributed to the sensationalism by scurrying away from Werner.
        > We need to collectively study and work on this issue. Should we start with
        > the District Safety Committee?
        > Margaret Browne
        > From: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com [mailto:wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com] On
        > Behalf Of Mike Wasilchin
        > Sent: Monday, November 17, 2008 8:28 AM
        > To: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com
        > Subject: RE: [wccusdtalk] (unknown)
        > Greetings...
        > For those of you not on the Richmond High campus on a daily basis (or at
        > least routine basis), you should tame your misguided accusations. The fence
        > has been requested by staff for many months and the word is that the
        > District has been and is still working on it - there is still no ETA. For
        > those thinking it is the Site and Student Supervisors not paying attention
        > to detail, keep in mind that there are only four permanent staff members
        > trying to control the largest high school population at around 1,700
        > students with more points of entry than any other campus. The SRO's keep
        > plenty busy all day long dealing with numerous students that RHS safety
        > staff bring to them all day. RHS also has a very dedicated safety staff that
        > developed an effective system that most of you are not even aware of but
        > feel free to comment on.
        > RHS could easily use four more staff members to staff the various areas
        > throughout the school while the other four are responding to break up fights
        > and skirmishes throughout the day. One should walk in the shoes of an RHS
        > staff member to fully understand the challenges that exist.
        > If anyone on this list thinks they have the secret formula to resolve all of
        > the problems/situations that arise on a daily basis at RHS or any other
        > secondary campus, be my guest to come to a District Safety Committee Meeting
        > and enlighten us.
        > Regards,
        > Michael Wasilchin
        > ________________________________
        > From: wccusdtalk@yahoogro <mailto:wccusdtalk%40yahoogroups.com> ups.com on
        > behalf of Cathy Travlos
        > Sent: Fri 11/14/2008 5:58 PM
        > To: wccusdtalk@yahoogro <mailto:wccusdtalk%40yahoogroups.com> ups.com
        > Subject: Re: [wccusdtalk] (unknown)
        > There are definitely safety issues at our high school and the vandals
        > who wrecked the field at Richmond should be in jail - no argument there.
        > I'd just like to hear a more recent report on what's going on there. If
        > they need a fence, unfortunately they probably need to look for help
        > outside the school since there's not exactly a lot of extra cash lying
        > around. Both Pinole and ECHS have had some success approaching local
        > businesses for some support; hopefully someone will step up and help
        > Richmond High with the fence.
        > However, if people are just walking onto campus, where are the site
        > supervisors? Any adult on campus should either have a district ID or
        > should be wearing a visitor badge. All students should be wearing their
        > lanyards. No exceptions. The district police and site supervisors, as
        > well as any other staff on campus, should be paying attention. Obviously
        > that's not happening at Richmond High and that concerns me even more
        > than the issue with the fence.
        > Cathy
        > rcs101@... <mailto:rcs101%40att.net> <mailto:rcs101%40att.net> wrote:
        > >
        > >
        > >
        > > --Cathy:
        > >
        > > The teachers as stated in the story are no longer there and one can
        > > understand why if the story is true about the robbery in their class,
        > > but the van on the foot ball field was recent, because I saw the story
        > > in the WCT. Also, the statements from the principal and the VP about
        > > the cameras is recent and current, therefore, one would wonder why the
        > > district has not address the issues about the fence. The safety of any
        > > of our students should come before anything else. Talk me down,
        > > because I got several calls about this today, therefore, I felt the
        > > need to go and try to find the story, since I missed it last night.
        > >
        > > Scottie Smith
        > >
        > >
        > > -------------- Original message from Cathy Travlos <cbt@triplering.
        > <mailto:cbt%40triplering.net> net <mailto:cbt%40triplering.net>
        > > <mailto:cbt%40triplering.net>>: --------------
        > >
        > > I've heard from a friend who talked to a current Richmond High teacher
        > > that the fight footage shown was over 3 years old, the burglaries
        > > mentioned were also several years ago and well before the SROs were on
        > > campus, and the teacher interviews were with teachers who no longer are
        > > at Richmond so are also old. Makes you wonder how accurate any of the
        > > reporting was.
        > > Cathy
        > >
        > > rcs101@... <mailto:rcs101%40att.net> <mailto:rcs101%40att.net>
        > <mailto:rcs101%40att.net> wrote:
        > > >
        > > >
        > > >
        > > > -- Does anyone have information on this?
        > > > http://cbs5.
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        > > > Scottie Smith
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