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School Board Discusses School Closures

BY N’JERI EATON//

The West Contra Costa Unified School District met with the community Wednesday night to discuss school closures at DeJean Middle School in Richmond.Each school board member, including newly elected Antonio Medrano and Tony Thurmond, addressed the audience about how they plan to handle school consolidation.

With the announcement last week about the growing state deficit, school boards across the state, including West Contra Costa Unified will be affected.  This may lead to an increased number of school closures.  Following a special session with the state Legislature, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger proposed cutting $4.5 billion from education, health care and welfare payment.

“We were looking at closing three or four schools before, now we may be closing four or five.  We don’t know yet,” said board member Antonio Medrano.

Castro Elementary School is scheduled to close at the end of the school year.  The school board has recommended the site be used for the relocation of Portola Middle School.

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