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Parents, Kids Protest Sudden School District Transfers

Hercules parents said they were given less than 24 hours notice that their kids were being transferred to different schools.

Hercules parents and young students held a protest Friday after the school district notified them that some students were being shifted from Ohlone Elementary School to other schools less than two weeks into the new school year.

A crowd that peaked at about 75 people held signs and chanted outside the West Contra Costa School District office building in Richmond on Friday, decrying increased class sized and the shifting of students.

They said an unknown number of students had been sent home Tuesday with a note that they would be attending a different school the next day. Parent and volunteer Albert Chan, who led the chants and has two kids in Hercules schools, said the children affected are in kindergarten and first grade.

The sudden change in school assignments separated at least two students from Ohone and and another parent without transportation had to walk a child about a mile away to attend a different school.

The transfers have forced parents to grapple with arrangements for child care, work schedules and transportation, Chan said.

Chan said that possibly 100 students in the district had been affect by the changes, but that he had not yet received confirmation from district officials. Patch has asked the school district for a response by the school district and will update this article as more information becomes available.

Have you been affected by these transfers? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Giorgio C. September 04, 2012 at 12:12 PM
Sarah, You are a WCCUSD employee. Will you ever provide comment that is an objective assessment or evaluation of the district that feeds you or of the performance of the Superintendent? You could be a resource for the citizens, but so far have not been, although I do appreciate that you started a petition to move up on the agenda, the placement of the WCCUSD board meeting public comment period. Is it possible for citizens to have informative dialogue with teachers such as yourself or will I always get the same response, that being that to be critical of the district is to be bashing the district. That all is well except that we need more money. The taxpayer is no longer blindly writing out the check, Sarah. The taxpayer wants to have discussion about where that money is going.
Charles Cowens September 05, 2012 at 05:44 AM
Sarah, is this an informational forum only or is there some kind of endorsing involved? Also, will there be an opportunity for opponents of either WCCUSD ballot measure to present?
Susan D.Keeffe September 05, 2012 at 06:55 AM
Charles , No endorsement. This is offered as an opportunity to engage in a dialogue.
Sarah Creeley September 05, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Giorgio, my job is to be the best teacher I can be. By doing that, I am a resource, whether you understand that or not. Whether or not you appreciate the work I do in this community is unimportant to me. I refuse to be stifled by naysayers such as yourself. Persons who have been in my class know where my heart is at.
Charles Cowens September 05, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Susan, thanks!

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