5/25 Highlights: Special Education Service & Budget

Welcome to Board Watch for WCCUSD’s May 25th Meeting!

At this week’s meeting, the West Contra Costa Unified School District Board of Education once again took time to celebrate and honor students. As we near the end of the year, there are many talented and passionate individuals who have exemplified our district at its finest. WCCUSD’s Special Education Department also submitted its annual budget and service plans for approval. These plans outline the anticipated programming and costs for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year.

Click here to explore the full meeting agenda.

Recognition of Student Board Representatives

The Board recognized and commended Kwame Baah Arhin and Bailey Ward from Middle College High School for their participation as Student Representatives to the Board of Education for the second semester of the 2015-16 school year.  

Ivy League Summer Programs

Each year, high school students participate in an extensive application and interview process in order to gain acceptance into a summer program at an Ivy League or nationally-recognized, highly selective university.

This summer, our school district will be sending twenty-two students to various universities including: Cornell University, Brown University, the University of Pennsylvania, Vanderbilt University, and the University of Chicago. These outstanding students were honored for their determination and willingness to take on unique challenges.

Special Education Annual Service Plan – Public Hearing Special Education Annual Budget Plan

Assembly Bill (AB) 602, requires Special Education Local Plan Areas (SELPAs) to submit an Annual Budget Plan and Annual Service Plan, which both must be adopted at public hearings.  

As required in Education Code (EC) Section 56205, these plans must identify expected expenditures, include descriptions of and physical locations of services, and demonstrate that all students with exceptional needs have access to services and instruction appropriate to their needs, as specified in their Individualized Education Plan (IEP).

Annual Service Plan:

The Annual Service Plan must include a complete, detailed description of special education services provided by each district and/or SELPA. This description must include:

  1. The nature of the services, including Related Services
  2. The physical location where the services are provided which may include:
    1. Alternative Schools
    2. Charter Schools
    3. Opportunity Day Schools operated by school districts
    4. Community Day Schools operated by the County Office of Education regardless of whether the district or County Office of Education participates in the Local Plan
    5. Nonpublic Schools/agencies

Annual Budget Plan:

The Annual Budget Plan identifies expected expenditures for all items below:

  1. Funds received in accordance with Chapter 7.2 (Special Education Funds)
  2. Administrative Costs of the Plan
  3. Special Education Services to pupils with severe disabilities as defined by IDEA 2004 including ‘Low Incidence’ Disabilities (deaf, hard of hearing, blind, visually impaired, and orthopedically handicapped students)
  4. Special Education services to pupils with non-severe disabilities as defined by IDEA 2004.
  5. Supplemental aids and services to meet the individual needs of pupils placed in regular classrooms and environments.
  6. Regionalized operations and services and direct instructional support by Program Specialists
  7. The use of property taxes allocated to special education pursuant to Section 2572.

The Annual Budget Plan may be revised during any fiscal year according to the policy-making process.

Please read the West Contra Costa Unified School District SELPA’s Annual Service Plan and Annual Budget Plan that have been updated and reviewed, as required by California Department of Education.

Public Hearing and Discussion on the Sale of Adams Property to Caliber

The Board has been in real estate negotiations for the Adams property at 5000 Patterson Circle, Richmond, CA, with Caliber.  Under Proposition 39 and Education Code 47614, the district has the legal obligation to provide its charter school students with facilities that are “reasonably equivalent”.  To comply with this legal requirement, the Board is considering the sale of this property in exchange for a waiver of its Proposition 39 obligations to Caliber.

Many students, parents, and community members attended the meeting to share their hopes and reservations about this proposed project. Speakers shared concerns about the district-led process and seeming lack of transparency early on. Below are the district-provided documents that were shared with the public.

Introduction to Caliber-Beta Academy

Caliber-Adams Public Hearing

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