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West County School Watch Sept. 15: Measure M, debt relief, Ed Fund

By Glen Price

Alliance for Public Education Sponsors Measure M Forum

This coming November Measure M, a crucial school bond, is before West County

The bond will provide for much-needed repairs to our schools, build
additional classrooms to relieve overcrowding, and allow our school district
to qualify for millions of dollars in state matching funds that could
otherwise be lost to other school districts.

On September 25, the Alliance for Public Education, a coalition of
organizations working to support public education in West County, will
sponsor a forum on Measure M.

The event will be held on Monday, September 25th, 7:00 -9:00 PM at the
Richmond City Council Chambers, Third Floor, City Hall, 2600 Barrett Ave.
Richmond. The public is warmly invited to this event which will be taped for
rebroadcast on KCRT.

Broad Coalition of Support Grows for Measure M

A broad coalition of support representing the diversity of our West County
communities is developing for the Measure M school bond. Supporters include
parents, teachers, businesses, labor, and community based organizations.
Recent key endorsements have included Congressman George Miller, Bayside
Council PTA, United Teachers of Richmond, League of Women Voters Richmond
Area, West County Mayors and Supervisors Association, Richmond Chamber of
Commerce, and the Contra Costa Building and Construction Trades Council.

To learn more about Measure M, see the Measure M web site: www.childrenofwestc
ounty.com .

Letters to Governor Davis Needed on Debt Relief Legislation

As noted in this column two weeks ago, AB 2265 (Aroner) moved to the
Governor's desk late Thursday evening August 31, promising the West Contra
Costa School District much needed fiscal relief. (For background information
see the West County School Watch website at www.igc.org/westcounty)

The bill is a direct result of years of effort by this community to reduce
the impact of annual debt payments made by the WCCUSD to the state.

Now that we have come this far, let's make sure this bill gets signed into
law. Please take a moment to write a letter to Governor Davis asking him to
take this crucial step. Below is a prototype letter which you can modify and

September 2000

Governor Gray Davis
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814

Dear Governor Davis:

Thank you for all of your efforts to negotiate and secure the passage of AB
2265 (Aroner -West Contra Costa Unified School District). We are very
appreciative of this much-needed legislation.

Parents, community members, teachers, and employees of the WCCUSD have been
working hard for the last ten years to turn around this school district. You
were there with us when we reached rock bottom and began our turnaround and
we have built upon that foundation. In recent years, our community has
invested a tremendous of resources in our schools including passage of our
first bond measure in over 30 years. Our renewed focus on academic
acheivement is also starting to pay dividends as documented by recent
improvements in STAR test scores.

AB 2265 provides crucial fiscal relief to our district and will further
enable the WCCUSD to make great steps forward. I urge you to sign this


Ed Fund Grant Information Available

Information is now available on Ed Fund mini-grants and school-wide grants
for the 2000-01 school year.

The deadline to submit applications is Oct. 2.

The Ed Fund will be offering $500 mini grants, $1,000 school-wide grants, and
one $2,500 special education grant.

For more information call 233-1464 or see the Ed Fund's web site at: http://ww

Glen Price is a member of the WCCUSD school board; the opinions and views
expressed in West County School Watch are his own and do not reflect official
views or positions of the school board or WCCUSD unless otherwise noted. Back
issues of West County School Watch and other sundry items can be found on the
West County School Watch web site: http://www.igc.org/westcounty/

Run dates: 2000-09-15 - 2000-09-22

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