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By Tasion Kwamilele “So I have faith in the education West Contra Costa County schools provide. I have been committed to education,” said Kronenberg, citing her 30 years of service within the education realm. It is this commitment that earned her the position as president of the school board. “Over the last four years, the school district lost 28 percent of its budget, but we have been able to balance the budget and preserve our small class sizes,” she said. “It is also very rewarding to say that the school district is the leader in offering career academy programs.” Ramsey has served on the board for four years and has committed himself to seeing that West Contra County becomes a better school district. “I want to make a difference. I have been committed to education for 17 years,” he said. “We have done a lot, but there is more to be done. I still want to improve test scores, increase student safety as well overall make changes to improve the school district.” Miles considers herself a “results oriented leader.” A full-time teacher, she is a strong advocate for preschool education and points with pride to improved student achievement and expanded after-school and intervention programs. Ramsey and Kronenberg have worked together to start the Ivy League Connection, a program designed to create a college environment in the local schools. All three candidates encourage residents to attend one of the upcoming candidate forums. A forum will be held at Kensington Hilltop on Oct. 13, at 6:30 p.m. Another forum is scheduled at El Cerrito High School, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m.Three of the five members of the West Contra Costa County Board of Education, Madeline Kronenberg, Charles Ramsey and Aubrey Miles, are running for re-election. Challenging the incumbents are Jason Freeman, Charles Cowens, and Elaine Merriweather. “All four out of five of my children attended West Contra County Schools – the youngest graduated from high school in 2007.