Marylee Williams

Richmond nonprofit tackles new approach to urban renewal

James Anderson has a habit of peeking out of his house, day or night, constantly checking on his unofficial front yard. From his front door or upstairs window, he can scan the half-acre park known as Elm Playlot, just to make sure there’s no trouble. He grew up in the Iron Triangle, a notoriously high-crime…

Initial report in on student achievement

West Contra Costa school trustees grappled with new evidence Wednesday suggesting the district failed to meet some student-achievement goals for the 2014-15 school year. Trustees and district employees spent half of a roughly three-hour board of education meeting discussing academic goals laid out as part of a state education funding program. For the 2014-15 school…

Community works together to rebuild John F. Kennedy Park

Almost 400 volunteers spent last Saturday rebuilding Richmond’s John F. Kennedy Park. The park, wedged between John F. Kennedy High School and King Elementary, was this year’s project for Make A Difference Day, a nationwide event.

Parents of truant students called to court in Contra Costa County

Six families with elementary and middle school-aged children sat in the gallery of Department 5 at the Contra Costa County Courthouse. They were called to appear at 10 a.m. Judge Rebecca Hardie wouldn’t emerge for another half hour. First, the adults were given a lesson about the impact of poor student attendance.

Parents weigh in on school district spending

West Contra Costa Unified School District holds meetings to hear community input on how the district should allocate $200 million in bond authority to facility construction at old and new school.

Easy solutions for truancy elude schools

Elementary schools in Contra Costa County had the highest truancy rate in the Bay Area for the 2013-14 school year, a new state report shows.