There are a few things carried to schools that are heavier than the children’s backpacks, as evidenced by the trucks arriving at on Thursday.
Madera is getting two portable classrooms to accommodate the when school resumes at the end of August. Madera parents lobbied heavily for the addition of sixth grade. Previously, the school housed only kindergarten through fifth graders, one of the last in the West Contra Costa Unified School District to do so.
The change removes the last of the sixth graders from Portola Middle School, leaving it with only seventh and eighth grade when the school year begins. Portola is currently housed entirely in portable classrooms, downhill from the vacant old classrooms, until a . The district is unable to rebuild on the old Portola site because of the possibility that a major earthquake could trigger a landslide.