On January 23, 2012, the City Council of San Pablo passed a resolution that all schools within the incorporated City of San Pablo will become Full Service Community Schools with Helms Middle School serving as the model and the hub. The City of San Pablo is also in the midst of developing architectural plans to build a Community Center on the campus of Helms Middle School. Through a joint use agreement with West Contra Costa Unified School District, the Community Center and the adjacent sports fields will be open to the schools during the day and to the community in the evenings and on weekends.
The next phase of their initiative will involve intensive community and multiple stakeholder engagement, visioning and the development of goals, the creation of task forces made up of experts and stakeholders to design the service provision and integration elements at the elementary, middle, and high schools in areas of academic achievement, health, safety and social services, youth and community development, and parent engagement and leadership. An engine team made up of City, District, County, and other stakeholder representatives will work on the development of a three tiered governance infrastructure and staffing plans.
Helms Middle School has been selected as a site visit location for the National Coalition for Community School’s Forum in San Francisco during May 2012.