RICHMOND -- Low-income middle school students in South Central Richmond may have the option of attending a charter school in the fall, if it is approved Wednesday by the West Contra Costa school board.

Trustees expect to vote on the Richmond Charter Academy Middle School petition at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the DeJean Middle school multipurpose room at 3400 Macdonald Ave. in Richmond. The school would serve about 75 sixth- and seventh-grade students next year, then increase to a maximum of 175 students by 2016-17, according to a staff report.

District staff recommends denying the charter or approving it with conditions. Staff is asking for more details regarding special education, services for English language learners, staffing, budget and other items.

More information about the meeting is available by calling 510-231-1101 or by visiting www.wccusd.net. Click on Board of Education "Packet."



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