Sell the Abandoned Site That Used to Be Adams (7 Years Ago)


WCCUSD staff worked out a great way to ac­com­mo­date the district’s le­gal re­quire­ment for hous­ing a grow­ing char­ter school while get­ting a closed school site that has been fes­ter­ing as aban­doned build­ings since 2009 out of its hair. The plan: sell the aban­doned prop­erty to the char­ter in re­turn for the char­ter (Caliber) waiv­ing it’s fu­ture le­gal fa­cil­i­ties rights. Slowness in mov­ing for­ward with the plan has al­lowed a coali­tion dri­ven by fear and hate to mo­bi­lize to pos­si­bly nix the deal.


WCCUSD 6-13-2012 School Board Meeting

It looks like I’m go­ing to miss today’s school board meet­ing. Here’s the agenda. And here’re some of the items of in­ter­est from the agenda:

*CI C.6 Approval of Agreement with United Teachers of Richmond (UTR)/ AB1200 Public
Disclosure of Collective Bargaining Agreement with UTR

As a con­sent item, there will prob­a­bly be no dis­cus­sion. It’s the rat­i­fi­ca­tion of a tem­po­rary 1-year agree­ment with the UTR. Even though this was the year for the multi-year con­tract to come up for rat­i­fi­ca­tion lead­ing to po­ten­tial strife, both sides de­cided to kick the can down the road for an­other year. Of the five fur­lough days in the cur­rent con­tract, two sun­set au­to­mat­i­cally at the end of June. This agree­ment tem­porar­ily takes two more fur­lough days off, so teach­ers have just one fur­lough day.

*CI C.13 Collins Elementary School New Fire Alarm Project Award of Contract
*CI C.14 Ellerhorst Elementary School, Harding Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School,
and Tara Hills Elementary School Restroom Renovation Project Award of Contract
*CI C.15 Mira Vista Elementary School Concrete Stoops Project Award of Contract
*CI C.16 Sheldon Elementary School, Murphy Elementary School, and Mira Vista Elementary
School Restroom Renovation Project Award of Contract

The cost for all of these con­sent items is lit­er­ally “Funded from the Measure X Bond”. That’s so in­for­ma­tive. Is it that hard to list the cost of the project?

* D.5 Preliminary Budget for 2012 – 2013

This is the point where board and pub­lic com­ment will prob­a­bly go over the par­cel tax de­feat. If I were there I would ask about whether the City of Richmond is go­ing to pay its “WCCUSDgeld” of $1.5M for this com­ing year to keep the three schools on the clo­sure list from be­ing closed. Or is every­one go­ing to just pre­tend the board res­o­lu­tion man­dat­ing this arrange­ment can just be winky-winked away with­out any for­mal ac­tion. Then, where’s the $1.5M go­ing to come from in the bud­get?

* E.3 WCCUSD Public Comment

My fa­vorite time. That’s why I archive the video clips of these seg­ments.

It will be in­ter­est­ing to see how many peo­ple show up who were riled up by Charles Ramsey’s re­marks about break­ing up the dis­trict be­cause the par­cel tax didn’t pass and the sup­port for it var­ied by com­mu­nity. Just check any of the “Patches” (El Cerritto, Hercules, Pinole) to see some of the up­roar.

* F.1 West County Community High School Charter Renewal Petition Staff Findings and
Resolution No. 1201112

This is in­ter­est­ing in three ways:

  1. The in­ter­sec­tion of the district’s brass knuck­les ap­proach to most char­ters with the at­tempt of an elit­ist char­ter school as­so­ci­a­tion to liq­ui­date a com­mu­nity-based char­ter. The idea of the California Charter Schools Association is to throw a few char­ter schools they don’t like un­der the bus to ad­vance the in­ter­ests of the more ed-re­formy char­ters they do like.
  2. The ut­ter vul­ner­a­bil­ity of the com­mu­nity-based char­ters, the ones I sym­pa­thize with, ver­sus the chain and big-money char­ters when school boards take the kind of bel­liger­ent ap­proach they are en­cour­aged to.
  3. The bad tim­ing of these de­ci­sions: this is a de­ci­sion to shut a school down in a few weeks. This kind of de­ci­sion should hap­pen not later than February. If it’s a prob­lem with State laws, they should be changed.

If the board ap­proves, we’ll see whether this is taken up to the County level on ap­peal.

Concerns about the Conduct of the Last WCCUSD School Board Meeting

Joseph Ovick is the Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools.
Bruce Harter is the Superintendent of the West Contra Costa Unified School District.
Charles Ramsey is the President of the School Board for the West Contra Costa Unified School District. (The e-mail ad­dress shown is wrong. It should be

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Subject: Concerns about the Conduct of the Last WCCUSD School Board Meeting
Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2011 13:39:03 -0700