West CoCo County redistricting plan

March 4, 2009 8:24:51 AM PST
On Wednesday night, the school board in West Contra Costa County will decide whether to approve a redistricting plan that would move hundreds students to new schools in the fall.

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The district is trying to close a deficit of more than $25 million and the school closures will save $1.4 million. The proposal is necessary because of the pending closure of three schools - Castro, El Sobrante elementary schools and Adams Middle School.

Under the redistricting plan, the majority of students at Adams in Richmond would move to Helms Middle in San Pablo, three miles away, and DeJean Middle in Richmond, about two miles away. A small number of students would transfer to Portola Middle in El Cerrito and Crespi Middle in El Sobrante.

The majority of students who attend El Cerrito's Castro would transfer to Fairmont Elementary in El Cerrito, a little more than a mile away. Others would attend Madera in El Cerrito, a little more than a mile away, and Stege Elementary in Richmond, also more than a mile away.

All the students who attend El Sobrante Elementary would transfer to Murphy Elementary in Richmond, a mile away. Fifth-graders who currently attend Chavez, Coronado, King, Lincoln, Nystrom, Stege and Wilson elementaries would stay at those schools for a year longer as the board plans to transform the K-5 schools into K-6 campuses to offset the closure of Adams.

Wednesday night's school board meeting starts at 6:30 pm at Dejean Middle School in Richmond.

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