THE WCCUSD BOARD DISCUSSES A PROPOSED PARCEL TAX

Since Sunday evening when Radio Free Richmond posted an article alerting the public to a proposed parcel tax to lessen the budget deficit of the West Contra Costa Unified School District, more than 400 comments were posted on the numerous social media sites. Continue reading

THE WCCUSD’s FISCAL MESS ~ HOW WE GOT THERE

Dr. Wold is the Associate Superintendent for Business Services of the West Contra Costa Unified School District. At the West Contra Costa Unified School District’s Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, July 29th, (starting at 6:30 PM), Item F.2 allows the Board to discuss and possibly vote on placing a parcel tax on the November ballot.  To learn more about this, please review Will The People Support Another School District Tax? on Radio Free Richmond. Dr. Wold tries to explain how school funding is set up and why the District needs the voters to approve another parcel tax. Continue reading

WILL THE PEOPLE SUPPORT ANOTHER SCHOOL DISTRICT TAX?

Up and down California school districts are struggling to avoid bankruptcy court.  Even before the Covid crisis, funding for public schools by both the state and the federal governments has been severely diminished and with the national economy in a full recession, no one should expect funding to increase unless local communities take action to increase the funding through parcel taxes. Continue reading

LIKE LAZURUS RISING FROM THE DEAD

Situated along Richmond’s waterfront lies the family of charter schools owned and operated by AMETHOD Public Schools (AMPS):  Benito Juarez Elementary, Richmond Charter Academy and John Henry High School. Continue reading

POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE—COVID STYLE

There are several critical components included in the transition from a high school senior to the real world:  Prom, Graduation. Grad Night (and for some, the pre-graduation parties). Continue reading

FEEDING THE HUNGRY

Even in the best of times, more than 80% of the students in West County are on the Free and Reduced Lunch Program.  They rely on the breakfasts and lunch they receive from the school district—often with those meals being the only meals they eat each day. Continue reading

60 MINUTES IN THE FACULTY LOUNGE ~ EPISODE 3

60 MINUTES IN THE FACULTY LOUNGE EPISODE 3: Sustainable EdTech FRIDAY ~ MAY 15TH AT 11:OO AM facebook.com/events/2916540615098878 Continue reading

GET YOUR AFFAIRS IN ORDER

Are you 65 or older?  Do you have continuing medical issues?  Do you have diabetes?  Autoimmune issues? These--and other issues--make you at high risk for contracting COVID-19 and not surviving the ordeal.  We wish this on no one but in the off chance that this happens, how many of us are prepared?  Do we have our affairs in order? Do our loved ones know what to do?   If your medical provider asks your friends, relatives or partner how you want to be treated if you're no longer able to speak for yourself, who has the legal authority to speak on your behalf? Who knows where your financial accounts are held, whether you have life insurance or even the security codes for your home? None of us want to think about such thing because we all plan to live forever. Maybe now is the time to put away those outdated concepts and make the effort to prepare--just in case. Continue reading

DUTCH STUDENTS COMPLETE TRANS-ATLANTIC VOYAGE FORCED BY CORONAVIRUS

Sheltering in place Lines in front of our favorite stores. Toilet paper shelves empty. And the list goes on. With the times as tough as they are, we need to read encouraging stories to remind us that there are still plenty of good times staring us in the face. And there's nothing like going home.   Continue reading

PRIMARY ELECTION RESULTS #7

On Friday afternoon the Contra Costa County Elections Division posted their FINAL results of the March 3rd Primary Election. While this is their FINAL count, the results have not yet been certified.  The County has 30 days from the date of the election to certify the results. Continue reading
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