And a win for kids -- Measure T passed!
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BREAKING NEWS: School Board Election Results

Dear Tiffany,

Thank you for staying tuned in to the news and activities that impact West Contra Costa students, families, and educators. Below are the results from yesterday's election.

With your support, Measure T passed.

This is a win for our students. Measure T will bring $9.8 million in funding each year -- approximately $100 million over the next decade -- for librarians, counselors, sports, and smaller elementary class sizes throughout our community. Learn more about Measure T. 

New leaders selected to represent our students and school communities.

Mister Phillips and Tom Panas were elected to the WCCUSD Board of Education. 

Mister Phillips
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Mister is a fourth generation resident of West County. He lives in Richmond with his wife Angela. They have three young children. Professionally, Mister is an attorney at law and former educator in the West Contra Costa Unified School District, San Francisco Unified School District, and Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District. He served in the U.S. Navy Reserve and AmeriCorps. Mister Phillips was elected to the Contra Costa County Democratic Central Committee in 2012. He was re-elected in 2016. He currently serves on the executive board and the platform committee of the California Democratic Party (CDP). Mister has served on public and private boards, including the Richmond Promise Ad-Hoc Committee (co-chair), California Democratic Council (trustee), First 5 Contra Costa Children and Families Commission (member), Rotary Club of Pinole (past president), and Providence Missionary Baptist Church (deacon). Mister is a former Consumers Union Esther Peterson Fellow and graduate of The Washington Center for Academic Internships and Seminars. He obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of California Hastings College of the Law; Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Political Science, with honors, from San Francisco State University; and Associates of Arts in English, Liberal Arts, and Social Science from Solano Community College. Mister is a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society. Mister was inspired to public service by his parents, Tommie and Cynthia Phillips. Tommie was a police lieutenant with the City of Richmond. Cynthia was a deputy sheriff with the County of Contra Costa.

Tom Panas
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Tom Panas, parent of two boys who attended WCCUSD K-12, has lived in West County for more than 40 years. He serves on the Black Minds Matter Strategy Team and works with the Latina Center. Since the 80’s, he has volunteered with educational organizations, library, food pantry and historical society. Tom is a retired Chief Financial Officer and has an MBA from UC Berkeley. He is Chair of our school district’s Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee. Tom has been active in the community for many years. In recognition of the nature and duration of his service, the El Cerrito City Council added Tom to the city’s Wall of Fame in 2014. Tom’s efforts in West County have always focused on expanding the legitimacy and influence of local organizations, documenting and giving a voice to marginalized populations, handling the compliance and financial reporting required for small non-profits, and bridging the differences to create solutions that benefit all parties.

We congratulate Mister and Tom, and look forward to lifting up students in partnership with all families and schools in West Contra Costa. 

Please continue to plug into the efforts that support our school communities by staying informed and engaged for kids.

In community,

Natalie Walchuk, Executive Director
Richard Pelayo, Managing Director
Maribel Lopez, Director of Community Leadership
Tiffany Kang, Communications Manager
Erika Ruiz Rodriguez, Outreach & Operations Coordinator

Leadership Council
Alexandrea Creer
Gloria Scoggins
Kareem Weaver
Katherine Acosta-Verprauskus
Kathleen Maloney
Scottie Smith
Dr. Shantina Jackson

A NOTE FROM OUR EDITOR: It's our hope that these e-mail communications provide you with useful information and resources to be part of the movement to generate solutions for West Contra Costa students. Share your opinions, ideas, and content suggestions by sending a note to me, Tiffany Kang (Communications Manager), at Thanks a ton!
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