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WCCUSD board to meet Wednesday

By Theresa Harrington
Monday, March 5th, 2012 at 6:05 pm in Education, West Contra Costa school district.

The West Contra Costa school board will discuss a variety of items on Wednesday.

Here are some highlights from the agenda, related to student trips, the budget, increasing the reward for information about recent vandalism and a proposed charter middle school:

“C.9 Students from Kennedy and Richmond High are visiting the nation’s capitol April 9-13, 2012

Comment:
Eleven students from Kennedy and Richmond High are visiting the nation’s capitol with the Close Up Foundation for the purpose of observing firsthand how our government functions. They will visit Congress and meet with elected representatives. They will visit the Supreme Court, the Capitol Rotunda, and the Library of Congress. Throughout the trip there are workshops to attend as well as homework. They will join up with students from other parts of the country to form a mock congress and prepare bills.

Recommendation:
Recommend Approval

Fiscal Impact:
Not on General Fund: Sponsored by Close Up Foundation”

“C.10 Students from Richmond High going to Robotics Regional Tournament, March 6-11, 2012

Comment:
Ten students from Richmond High have qualified for a regional robotics tournament with US First in Portland, Oregon. These students are learning scientific and mechanical skills that will benefit them intheir ongoing education.

Recommendation:
Recommend Approval

Fiscal Impact:
Paid by sponsor donations: Chevron, Abbott, Google, JCPenny, Intuitive Surgical Inc., Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Brin Wojcicki Foundation”

“D.1 Budget Report Update

Comment:
The Governor’s budget report issued in mid-January indicates that the district may have an estimated $14.7 million deficit in the 2012-13 school year. This would occur if the tax initiative proposed in the Governor’s budget fails to get enough signatures to qualify for the November 2012 election or if the voters fail to support the measure. In an effort to provide information to the community as well as to gather input, staff has conducted a series of Community Budget Meetings from January 25 – February 8, 2012. Staff will provide a summary report of the community meetings and any new information available from the State regarding the 2012-13 budget.

Recommendation:
For Information Only

Fiscal Impact:
None”

“F.1 Nystrom Vandalism – Reward for Information

Comment:
On Sunday February 12, 2012 vandals committed felony level crimes in the Nystrom multi-purpose room where the construction was nearly completed. The damage to the building is estimated to be in excess of $500,000. The Richmond Police department has offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator(s). Congressman George Miller’s office is offering another $2,500. Government Code section 53069.5 provides that any local agency, as defined in Section 54951, may offer and pay a reward, the amount of which is determined by the local agency, for any information leading to the determination of the identify of, and the apprehension of, any person who willfully damages or destroys any property. Under that Government Code section (53069.5), if the perpetrator is apprehended and the District has paid the reward, the District can hold the perpetrator responsible to repay the School District the amount of the reward it paid.

Recommendation:
That the Board authorize the offer of an additional $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and authorize the Superintendent to make the award in conjunction with the Richmond Police.

Fiscal Impact:
$10,000 possible”

“G.1 Richmond Charter Academy Middle School

Comment:
The Richmond Charter Academy Middle School, a nonprofit benefit corporation, submitted a petition to West Contra Costa Unified School District ( WCCUSD) on February 8, 2012, to establish an independent charter school known as Richmond Charter Academy Middle School. Pursuant to the Charter School Act of 1992 (the “Act”), Education Code Section 47600 et seq., the Legislature has charged local school boards with the responsibility of reviewing and acting on petitions for charter schools.

Education Code section 47605(b) requires the Board, within 30 days of receiving a petition, to hold a public hearing to consider the level of support for the petition. The charter school has requested to not participate in the public presentation in accordance with Education Code 47605. West Contra Costa Unified School District wishes to honor the charter school’s request. Therefore, the purpose of this agenda item is strictly for informational purposes only.

The Act also requires the Board to either grant or deny the Petition within 60 days of submission.

Staff and legal counsel are receiving and analyzing information related to the Petition, as well as the operation and potential effects of the proposed charter school, and will make a recommendation regarding the Petition at a subsequent board meeting.

Recommendation:
Public Information Only

Fiscal Impact:
None”

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