West Contra Costa Unified Seeks Public Input on School Construction


Parents, students and interested stakeholders are invited to attend community meetings to give input on school facilities, to help guide future construction decisions, officials from the West Contra Costa Unified School District announced this week.


A new facilities master plan will include an extensive analysis of demographic data, a physical assessment of several schools sites, prioritization and sequencing of remaining projects in the construction program, and overall recommendations relating to district facilities.


“We encourage interested members of our community to attend the meeting in their local area to give their input on our school building program,” Associate Superintendent for Operations Lisa LeBlanc said.


“We named the plan, ‘Our Children, Our Schools, Our Future’ in recognition of the investment in time and resources our community has made to ensure that we continue building facilities that meet the needs of our students well into the future,” she said.


District voters have authorized six bond measures totaling $1.6 billion in revenues that have been supplemented by $163 million in state funds that would not have been available without the local approved bonds.


After current projects are taken into consideration, the District has an estimated $200 million in bond authority available for future construction.


Accomplishments include renovating 18 schools, rebuilding 13 schools, and making major improvements at six schools. The bond program currently has three school rebuilds, two stadium/fields projects and additions at two other schools under construction.


Expenditures for the 44 schools and projects total just over $1.2 billion.


One community meeting will be held in each of the six high school attendance areas. All meetings are scheduled to run from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the school cafeteria on the following dates:


Tuesday, Sept. 29, Richmond High School;

Thursday, Oct. 1m Hercules High School;

Monday, Oct. 5, Kennedy High School;

Tuesday, Oct. 6, De Anza High School;

Thursday, Oct, 8, Pinole Middle School;

Wednesday, Oct. 14, El Cerrito High School.


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