The purpose of this blog is to help the West Contra Costa Unified School District succeed at educating our children.
Saturday, February 23, 2013
If not secession, then what?
As a result of some recent negative experience related to my criticism of the district, I thought I should take Mr. Ramsey's advice and give some thought to the possibility of secession, not because I want this, but because perhaps this is what some district officials want. It is obvious that some of them do not welcome folks like me wanting to get in their (our) business. I appreciate Trustee Ramsey's efforts to address some of my concerns, but he is only one person, that the issues regarding the WCCUSD are bigger than him.
So I began reviewing the avenues of secession of a city from the district. It looks pretty darn complicated as a result of monies owed for school construction projects, etc. Here are the minutes from the 2005 secession attempt
If one cannot secede, then the other option is to bring more oversight to the district. I am exploring the following possibilities:
1. The establishing a true oversight committee for WCCUSD parcel taxes. Currently, the oversight is nothing more than folks being invited to attend the Community Budget Advisory Committee. The fox guarding the henhouse scenario. Here is an example of a true parcel tax oversight committee.