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Middle school students go to Sacramento

By Theresa Harrington
Thursday, May 27th, 2010 at 12:07 am in Concord, Education, Mt. Diablo school district, Theresa Harrington.

El Dorado Middle School students meet with Sen. Mark DeSaulnier

El Dorado Middle School students meet with Sen. Mark DeSaulnier

By Theresa Harrington
Students from El Dorado Middle School in Concord visited Sacramento last week, meeting with Sen. Mark DeSaulnier to talk about how budget cuts are affecting schools.
Roy Cuizon, a science teacher at the school, said the trip was a fantastic success.
He blogs about goings-on at the school at
Here’s an excerpt from his May 17 blog about the Sacramento trip:
“Today a group of 4 teachers, 6 students and 5 parents from El Dorado went to Sacramento to tell the story of our community; one that is facing yet another round of debilitating cuts to staff and programs. We went into Sen. Mark DeSaulnier’s office and spoke to him about the concerns we have.
The teachers…began by sharing the story of our district’s cuts including the effects we are seeing at our site in terms of our library, our computer lab, special education cuts, lack of continuity in personnel, and general observations of deficiencies in the system.”
They also visited Assemblyman Tom Torlakson’s office.
“Our community needs a change and that only happens when people speak up,” Cuizon wrote. “We will be back next year to bring our story to all who will listen.”
Today, I’ll visit Cuizon at El Dorado to see the old portable classrooms that would be replaced if Measure C passes and visit a science lab that would be upgraded.
In addition, the school would get much-needed air conditioning and a ground-mounted solar structure costing nearly $1.2 million if the $348 million bond measure passes June 8.
Cuizon said he’s excited about the possible upgrades, especially the new science labs.
“We can greatly benefit from the labs,” he wrote in an e-mail. “Our classrooms are small and crowded. When we conduct labs, it would be great to have a prep room, or a standalone laboratory. It is difficult to prep labs in the same room that you lecture in. Then, repeat that process period after period. A new, highly efficient lab would do us good!”
The district intends to spend $1.2 million at each of its 10 middle schools to adapt two permanent 1,120 square-foot high efficiency laboratory classroom’s with 320 square-foot intermediate prep rooms. The cost estimate also includes new equipment and furniture.
Can’t wait to check out the school later today!

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