5/11 Highlights: Budget Engagement Committee

Welcome to Board Watch for WCCUSD’s May 11th Meeting!

At this week’s meeting, the West Contra Costa Unified School District Board of Education took time to celebrate and honor students, families, staff and schools. As we near the end of the year, there are many talented and passionate individuals who have exemplified our district at its finest.

There was also a significant shift in the way our community engages in oversight over the district budget. A new committee, District Budget Engagement Committee, is forming and needs members. 

Click here to explore the full meeting agenda.

Recognition of the 2016 Valedictorians and Salutatorians

The valedictorian and salutatorian from each high school were recognized and celebrated for their hard work, persistence, diligence, and leadership. Their families were also saluted for all of their support.

Recognition of 2016 Gates Millennium Scholars

Arnold Dimas, a senior at Richmond High School, and Alejandro Hernandez, a senior at Middle College High School, have been named 2016 Gates Millennium Scholars. This is a tremendous accomplishment, as more than 53,000 students applied for the award. The Gates Millennium Scholarship will cover our students’ unmet financial needs and provide services to encourage academic excellence, including mentoring services for academic and personal development, and an online resource center that provides internship, fellowship and scholarship information.

Arnold and Alejandro are the sixth and seventh West Contra Costa Unified School District students to been named Gates Millennium Scholars since 2011. We congratulate Arnold and Alejandro for their success! Learn more about them here.

Class of 2016 Ed Fund Scholars Recognition

The Ed Fund had an extremely competitive scholarship application season this year. They received 249 applications. The scholarship review committee has selected 56 students with the grit and passion it takes to succeed in college and give back to our community. Made possible by the generosity of sponsors, $130,000 in scholarship funds will be awarded over the next academic year. Check out the full list of tremendous scholars.

Recognition of 2016 California Gold Ribbon Schools Award Recipients

Tom Torlakson announced the 2016 Gold Ribbon Schools. In West Contra Costa, we have 13 schools who received this award. Congratulations to the students, staff, and parents of Coronado, Fairmont, Hanna Ranch, Harding, Kensington, Madera, Montalvin, Olinda, Peres, Riverside, Sheldon, Valley View, and Washington Elementary Schools for receiving the 2016 California Gold Ribbon Schools Award.  

The California Gold Ribbon Schools Award was created to honor schools based on a model program their school has adopted that includes standards-based activities, projects, strategies, and practices that can be replicated by other local educational agencies. Nearly 6,000 elementary schools were eligible to apply this year; 779 elementary schools were honored.  This award is a direct reflection of the dedication, hard work, and vision of our schools’ educational community.  

District Budget Engagement Committee – Revocation of the Charter and Roster of the Community Budget Advisory Committee

At the May 2, 2016 meeting the Governance Subcommittee approved a recommendation to the full Board that Administrative Regulation 3000 be approved and that the Community Budget Advisory Committee (CBAC) be dissolved. This Board action is meant to revoke the previous charter approval for the CBAC and the roster of members, and set in place a new committee model and membership as outlined in Administrative Regulation 3000.  

The new committee recruitment will begin immediately with a goal to bring a roster to the Board no later than the second meeting in July 2016. The organizations listed in the Administrative Regulation will nominate people for the committee. At that point, the Board will consider assignments much in the same way that assignments are considered for other groups such as the CBOC.

The new committee will be called the District Budget Engagement Committee (DBEC). The DBEC will be composed of one representative selected by the following groups:

  • PTAs or Parent Clubs, one from a PTA and one from a PTO Philanthropic Funders of WCCUSD
  • Citizen Oversight Committee for the Parcel Tax
  • Labor-Management Solutions Team
  • Multilingual District Advisory Committee
  • School Site Councils, one Elementary, one Middle and one High School District Local Control Accountability Plan Committee

Community oversight of the district budget development and implementation is an essential function to ensure that our limited funds are stretched to optimally meet the needs of our young people. Authentic stakeholder engagement and full transparency and accountability are key components of the best practices in school budget development. We all are responsible to ensure that funding and learning priorities are aligned.   

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