By Kathy Chouteau
The West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) is appealing to the community for input that will help update its district-wide building plan.
To this end, the WCCUSD is asking residents to complete a community survey and for families/parents and students to fill out the Prioritization Committee self-nomination form (both forms are also available in Spanish). The deadline for completion of the survey and committee forms is Friday, Oct. 9.
The current district outreach was prompted by voters’ March approval of Measure R, a $575 million facilities improvement bond for the WCCUSD’s buildings and facilities. Now, the district is working to update the 2016 Master Plan to include Measure R. This effort encompasses “a community-based process to develop district-wide criteria and metrics for prioritizing major school renovation/replacement projects,” per the WCCUSD.
The community survey affords community members the opportunity to offer input on whether or not the 2016 prioritization criteria and metrics still hold up today, as well as suggest additional criteria for consideration regarding renovations for Measure R.
For its part, the Prioritization Committee is open to parents or students who would like to serve on it; one parent and two student reps will be selected via lottery from each high school attendance area. Ultimately, the committee will make a recommendation about how to best update the 2016 criteria to the Facilities Committee and Board of Education.
“Community involvement is vital to the process of updating the criteria that will ultimately assist in deciding which school sites will receive renovations and updates,” according to the WCCUSD.
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