First Board Meeting with the New Board Members

Tonight the new School Board members, Todd Groves and Randy Enos, will be sworn in. Congratulations!

At this meeting, an important order of business is under this agenda item:

B.5 Annual Organization Meeting

The President and Clerk of the Board will be elected as part of this item. The President works with the Superintendent to develop agendas and chairs the meetings, and the Clerk acts as a Vice President to fill-in for the President when necessary.

Charles Ramsey, the current President, has been President too many times already. Todd and Randy are new. Madeline Kronenberg has been President at least twice already. Elaine Merriweather has been on the Board for two years. In the interests of rotating responsibilities, it would makes sense for Elaine to be President with one of the new guys as Clerk, but Elaine hasn’t had a chance yet to understudy as Clerk herself. (Antonio Medrano was the Clerk this year, but lost his seat.) If that’s a deal killer (to me it isn’t), one fall-back would be for Madeline to be President again with Elaine as Clerk for a year. Then, next year, Elaine could be President with one of the new guys slotted in as Clerk.

I guess we’ll just have to see what happens.

Follow the Money for the WCCUSD Candidates

The first of two pre-election campaign finance filings has occured. Here are the results for these four West Contra Costa Unified School District candidates for two available seats:

Here are some graphs comparing donations, remaining cash balances, and donation sources as of Sept. 30 with a table following at the end. “Construction Interests” as a category includes organizations (companies, unions, and trade associations) and individuals. “Individuals” and “Organizations” refer to individuals and organizations that aren’t construction-related. Donations under $100 aren’t itemized and are just reported as a single aggregate number in each report.

 Total DonationsConstruction InterestsOrganzationsIndivdualsUnder $100Cash Balance
Enos$1,164$0$249$850$65$1,164
Groves$7,281$0$0$5,372$1,859$3,592
Medrano$4,202$1,000$0$2,800$402$1,794
Studdiford$50,340$49,050$0$100$1,190$42,632