RICHMOND -- An El Cerrito High School citizens' committee has plans to name four facilities at the 5-year-old campus in honor of former teachers who made "significant and long-term contributions" to the school.

The proposal, outlined Wednesday at the West Contra Costa district board meeting, would name the new school football stadium, now under construction, for former head football coach Frank Milo.

Milo won eight league championships during his tenure from 1982 through 2000.

The committee, headed by El Cerrito Mayor Janet Abelson, also wants to name the football field press box after longtime instructor Sandy Berman, who served as the announcer at football and basketball games and track meets.

The stadium's running track will be named after former track coach Hale Roach, who won five CIF North Coast Section championships during his career from 1941 through 1973.

The committee will also honor drama teacher Sam Elkind by naming the school's Performing Arts Theater after him. Elkind worked at El Cerrito High from 1954 to 1967 before joining the faculty at San Francisco State University.

"We gathered 65 years of school memorabilia when our old campus was torn down in 2005," Abelson said. "We want to honor these teachers who served as legacy examples to the next generation."

School board President Charles Ramsey asked Superintendent Bruce Harter to investigate the cost of the naming and report back at the board's Aug. 13 meeting.


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"We don't intend not to approve this, I just want to know how much it will cost," Ramsey said.

Finance Director Sheri Gamba gave the board its annual update on enrollment estimates over the next 10 years.

According to the report from Riverside-based David Demographics and Planning, the district's enrollment is projected to drop to 27,232 in the 2023-24 school year from 29,201 in 2014-15, after rising slightly in 2015-16 and 2016-17.

The report is based on birth data, current student data and information on new housing units planned within the district.

"This is a long-term outlook for facilities planning purposes," Gamba said.

The district is planning to hire 18 of what it calls "dedicated substitute teachers" who will report every day to a group of 10 district campuses, according to Ken Whittemore, the district's assistant superintendent for human resources.

The dedicated substitutes will receive instruction in the district's new teaching technologies and can be sent to other campuses should there be no teacher absences at their home campus, Whittemore said.

School board member Madeline Kronenberg also introduced a proposal to rename Coronado Elementary School in Richmond, which has a new campus under construction, for labor leader and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta.

The district recently changed the name of Portola Middle School in El Cerrito to honor Japanese-American civil rights activist Fred Korematsu.