Letter: Support Schools Parcel Tax, Instructional Needs

This "Dear Community" letter from a grassroots group, Support West County Students, urges attendance at two special West Contra Costa school board meetings to show support for instructional needs and a parcel tax.

Dear Community,

Our students need our support.  As West Contra Costa Unified School District’s revenue from the state of California continues to decline, all our students are impacted by the loss of funding of critical programs in the classroom and school.  The expiration of the local parcel tax in June 2014 means that our students will have even less academic support. What can you do?

Please come to two very important WCCUSD Board of Education meetings at Lovonya DeJean Middle School as the Board considers whether to place a possible revenue measure on the November ballot to address this funding crisis.

At the first meeting on Monday, July 23 at 6:00 p.m., the Board will hear the results of a recent critical survey, gauging the support of voters for a possible parcel tax renewal and increase.  At the second meeting on Wednesday, August 1 at 6:30 p.m., the Board will determine if any revenue measures will be on the ballot in November.

Make your voice heard at these two critical meetings!  The Board needs to hear from all corners of our community, and hear that instructional support is our highest priority.

Want to help more?  Join a grassroots, family-led, community driven effort called Support West County Students to ensure instructional support is our highest priority.

To find out how you can volunteer, please call (510) 255-1834 or send an e-mail to wccusdparceltax@gmail.com.  To find out how you can pledge financial support to a parcel tax campaign, please send an e-mail to wccpti@gmail.com.

Please share this information with your family, neighbors, and community!

– Support West County Students

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Giorgio C. July 22, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Were any of the Hercules PTA board members invited? I personally know some of them who worked very hard to support Measure K with many hours on the phones who might have wanted to attend this meeting. I'm not sure how this meeting was communicated to the citizens.
Chrisina July 23, 2012 at 04:04 AM
I am a member of the grassroots group Support West County Students and parent at Kensington Elementary. I posted the letter -- which group members co-wrote -- on behalf of the grassroots group. We welcome others to get involved who share our concerns. Christina Procopiou
Amy Kang July 23, 2012 at 03:07 PM
G.C., not sure if there has been outreach from the new group to Hercules and Pinole yet (it's just two weeks old). But I have received numerous emails from reps. from Bayside PTA urging attendance at tonight's special school board meeting. Bayside PTA encompasses the whole district, so PTA reps. from H & P are getting those missives and are hopefully promoting the meeting to their members.
RF July 28, 2012 at 10:07 PM
The best thing we could do with the WCCUSD is to close it and privatize it. That way we could get rid of all the bad teachers and administrators who are protected by unions. A new, private school system would be much more efficiently run, would do a better job of educating students and would reward competent teachers according to their abilities. There is no room for government is education.
Giorgio C. August 14, 2012 at 04:50 AM
Mr. Cowens, I have offered to volunteer. I want to help lead an effort to address the concerns of the Hercules No-voters and to see if we can change their minds. I will not let my current concerns with the board and the district interfere with this much needed effort. Please tell me if someone is coordinating an effort in Hercules. Thanks. Sincerely, Giorgio Cosentino


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