Board of Trustees Hires District’s First Permanent African American Superintendent
(A MEDIA RELEASE FROM THE WCCUSD)
The West Contra Costa Unified School District’s Board of Trustees named Othello School District Superintendent Dr. Kenneth “Chris” Hurst, Sr. as the District’s next superintendent. The Board voted 5-0 at Wednesday night’s board meeting on a three-year contract for Dr. Hurst that begins May 17.
“We are thrilled with Dr. Hurst’s background, experience, and readiness to hit the ground running here in our District and help us to the next level,” WCCUSD Board President Mister Phillips said. “His acumen in social justice, equity, and focus on accelerating student achievement here is impressive. His approach to collaborative leadership and knowledge of teaching strategies, as well as community involvement, are just what we need here in West Contra Costa.”
Dr. Hurst becomes WCCUSD’s 10th permanent superintendent and its first permanent African American superintendent. Sylvester Greenwood and Dr. Cynthia LeBlanc each served one-year terms as interim superintendents.
The Board’s vote followed an exhaustive six-month search process in which WCCUSD held more than 50 listening sessions with students, families, staff, and community stakeholders. The District also gathered more than 6,000 responses from the community on the next Superintendent’s qualities and qualifications.
FROM THE WEST CONTRA COSTA UNIEID SCHOOL DISTRICT:
Richmond, Calif.: After a six-hour special meeting, the West Contra Costa Unified School District Board voted 4-1 late Friday evening to reopen its 54 schools starting April 19. Trustee Jamela Smith-Folds voted no.
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On Monday March 8th the Richmond Neighborhood Coordinating Council (RNCC) hosted a presentation of the newly approved Richmond Safe Park Program scheduled to be installed in the Civic Center parking lot due west of the Richmond Auditorium.
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A GUEST EDITORIAL FROM RICHMOND COUNCILMEMBER GAYLE MACLAUGHLIN
Richmond is an incredible place to live, work and/or play. We have a history of community strength, resiliency and determination.
I call on all of us today to tap once more into that strength, resiliency and determination as we move forward with addressing our major challenges in this new troubled era we are living through - with a pandemic and a devastating economic downturn.
We have always been able to build alliances and coalitions to bring community together and not leave out the most vulnerable. Today we must do this once again. Building an inclusive community is a long-term project and we have no time to waste!
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The source of much of the information below has come from:
Kathleen Sullivan ~ GRIP Executive Director
Cesar Zepeda ~ President of Hilltop District Neighborhood Council and GRIP Director
Arto Rinteela ~ President of the Fairmede Hilltop Neighborhood Council
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For the record, it started with a proposal from a Southern California developer named Newman who proposed a shopping center in what was then the main business district in downtown Richmond. Their plan called for developing from the northern side of 10th to 14th Streets and from Macdonald Avenue to Nevin Avenue.
THIS IS A TWO PART STORY WITH PART TWO REPORTING ON THE COMMUNITY PUSHBACK FOR A PROPOSAL TO ESTABLISH A SAFE PARKING SITE AT THE OLD HILLTOP MALL