Reacting to the defeat of Measure K in June, parents and community members across the West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) have created a grassroots group to try again.
On July 2, the WCCUSD board voted to fund a survey to determine the viability of a November parcel tax initiative.
On Sat, July 7, the grassroots community group decided to organize now to move forward with a November timeline in the event that the survey results show a positive climate for another parcel tax initiative. The research firm will present the telephone survey results to the Board at a special meeting on July 23, and the board will vote August 1 on whether to put another parcel tax initiative on the November ballot.
The grassroots group, which included community members from Pinole, Richmond, El Cerrito, and Kensington, also identified key requirements for a successful campaign. These include a leadership structure, campaign strategy, and funds on the scale of $100,000 to $150,000. Ben Steinberg, a parent at Mira Vista Elementary, agreed to lead the group through the August 1 vote.
If you would like to be involved in this constructive response to the crisis in our schools please consider attending and speaking up at the following meetings:
Monday, July 23, 6:30 pm: At this special meeting of the board, the research company will present the results of the parcel tax telephone surveys, and the board will discuss the results.
Wednesday, August 1, 6:30pm: At this WCCUSD School Board Meeting, the board will vote on whether to put an education measure on the November ballot.
All of these meetings will be held at Lovonya DeJean Middle School, 3400 MacDonald Ave, Richmond.
For more information about the Board’s actions on the possible parcel tax, see the articles in the Contra Costa Times and el Cerrito Patch.