East Bay Area Schools Bulletin

East Bay Area Schools- In the news this week

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Piedmont Schools - Piedmont Schools Tops in Statewide Rankings. In comparison to other schools in the state, Piedmont schools’ rankings remain stellar. All schools (except Millenium High School, which was not ranked) received a statewide ranking of 10, the highest available. Read the full article on Piedmont Patch

 El Cerrito Schools - New Principal Named for Madera . The school board for West Contra Costa schools Wednesday appointed educator Alison Makela, who has worked in three local school districts, as the new principal for Madera Elementary School, replacing outgoing Cheryl Cotton.
Read the full article on El Cerrito Patch

West Contra Costa School District
1. School district to increase class sizes to help balance budget. Class sizes will increase for the youngest students in the West Contra Costa school district, and the district will tap into its reserves to balance its budget over the next three years.

2. West Contra Costa School District Considering whether to return to voters with another revenue measure. Following the narrow defeat of the Measure K parcel tax for schools on June 5, the West Contra Costa school board will hold a special meeting Monday in El Cerrito July 2  on whether to survey public opinion on a new measure in November.
Read the full article on El Cerrito Patch

No Middle School at Fairmount

The school board of the West Contra Costa School District voted June 20 to rescind an April 4 decision to relocate Portola Middle School to Fairmont Elementary, a school in El Cerrito, CA, that has been in its current location for more than 100 years. The WCCUSD board has promised to restart the process to find a new site for the middle school and plans to establish criteria for the ideal location in an open and transparent manner.

The “parents committed to public school education who would like to see a new Portola that is safe and spacious, and equipped with challenging programs and adequate sports facilities that children in El Cerrito and Richmond deserve” have a website with articles of interest and information on how you can get involved and share your ideas.