12th October 2022
‘Kennedy Is Still Stuck’: School Board Addresses Equity Issues at Richmond High Schools
Two years ago, West Contra Costa Unified School District voters passed Measure R, which issues $575 million in bonds to address potential modifications and rebuilding of the most at-need school sites. The measure only barely passed, with just 58.73% approval, versus the required 55%.
So far, the only funding used from Measure R was $6.6 million for fields, bleachers and a press box at John F. Kennedy High School. West Contra Costa school board trustees heard a presentation in a special meeting Tuesday from Ellen Mejia Hooper, WCCUSD’s facilities planning and construction director, about how remaining funds could be spent.
Options laid out for the trustees to consider were to use most of the money for projects at Kennedy or Richmond high schools or split most of the funding between the two high schools, as well as using some throughout different parts of the district for heating, ventilation and air conditioning.