Saturday, September 22, 2012

Monday night candidate forum (and submitted question)

"The PTAs of Kensington, Hilltop, Madera, Harding, Portola and Mira Vista elementary schools are hosting a forum from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Harding Elementary Auditorium at 7230 Fairmount Ave., El Cerrito. Candidates for school board will answer questions from the public. To submit questions, email

My submitted question:
WCCUSD board President Ramsey, after the failure of Measure K in June, made the following comments found here
"The measure passed overwhelmingly in most of the district, but in Pinole and Hercules, they voted just enough to kill it," school board President Charles Ramsey said. "They just don't embrace the funding measures like most of the district voters do."
Ramsey said he hopes the vote will spur renewed debate about the possibility of breaking up the district.
"We have to have the conversation about whether or not it's in all parties' best interest for Hercules and Pinole to start their own district," Ramsey said. "It's not fair for other communities in our district to have funding measures they overwhelmingly support being stopped by a tiny minority that says no."

My question for the candidates is two parts:  
1.Do you share President Ramsey's assessment?  If not, why not?  
2.Have you taken the time to listen to the concerns of Hercules and Pinole residents?  If so, what are they and how would you address them?

Thank you.

Giorgio Cosentino, Hercules Parent and former WCCUSD teacher

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