School Board

The seven candidates for two seats on the WCCUSD Board of Education field questions at a public forum on September 20. Photo by Marian Davidson.

School board candidates vetted by Education Matters before endorsement

The education-focused nonprofit Education Matters, the largest local spender in the 2016 WCCUSD school board race, vetted the candidates they endorsed with questions that included their stance on charter schools.
Cartoon by Abner Hauge.

City council candidates clash over development, rent control and schools

Candidates’ strategies for development across Richmond—and especially downtown—varied greatly.
Fourth Graders at Richmond College Prep School answer questions as they prepare to make spring salad during their cooking class, with the help from the Charlie Cart. Richmond College Prep is one of three schools in the Charlie Cart pilot program. 

Photo By Nicole West

The Charlie Cart, a newly designed mobile kitchen, brings food education into the classroom

It was a sunny Wednesday afternoon in April at the Richmond College Prep School, and the fourth grade students were divided among three tables near the outdoor garden. In front of the tables was a...
West Contra Costa Unified School district holds wednesday night school board meeting discussing funds, student recognition, and charter schools. (Photo by Candese Charles)

School board recognizes Richmond High School soccer, discusses charters schools and bond money

The West Contra Costa Unified School District’s school board meeting Wednesday night included discussion of the need to find a home for Caliber Beta charter schools, updates on the district’s bond program, and recognizing the Richmond...
At the end of the community town hall meeting parents, teachers, and district members placed colorful dots on the initiative that needs more money, focus, and/or time. (photo by Candese Charles)

School district holds town hall meeting to discuss funding, school services and Common Core

Peres Elementary School’s auditorium was filled with low murmurs of conversation Saturday morning as West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) held its second community town hall meeting of the year. Armed with questions, parents...
With two minutes on the clock, a Caliber Beta Academy teacher pleas with the WCCUSD to give her students a permanent facility (photo by Candese Charles)

West Contra Costa school board meets for a six-hour, packed discussion on charter schools

On Wednesday night, West Contra Costa Unified School District’s (WCCUSD) first board of education meeting of the year was packed with chatty bouncy children, a sea of blue shirt-wearing Caliber Beta Academy teachers, and people...
The winners: Liz Block, Madeline Kronenberg and Valerie Cuevas take WCCUSD Board seats. (Photos by Candese Charles and Hannah Lawson)

Heavy spending pays off in school board race

Money ran the race on Tuesday's school board elections, with the best funded candidates Block, Kronenberg and Cuevas winning the seats of the West Contra Costa Unified School District.
Panorama of Chevron refinery.

Will Chevron’s $3 Million Bid for Richmond Succeed?

As voters head to the polls, the nation's eyes will be on Richmond as the city decides the future of its leadership. Not only are Richmonders electing a new mayor and new city council members,...
West Contra Costa Unified School District School Board candidates are ready for the polls this Nov. 4th. From left to right, top to bottom: Liz Block, Madeline Kronenberg, Raquel Donoso, Chester Stevens, Ayana Kirkland Young, Elaine Merriweather, Valerie Cuevas, Peter Chau, Otheree Chrisitan, Mister Phillips. (Photo by Candese Charles)

School board candidates: Where they stand

West Contra Costa Unified School board candidates share last comments before Nov. 4th elections.