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Last Night’s Twin Rivers Board Meeting

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Today has been fairly busy, so I haven’t had a chance to post about last night’s board meeting.  The big news, was that the board voted 5 to 1 to ask Cortez to resign, although this was only a symbolic motion, because a board cannot remove a fellow board member unless they are convicted of a crime, and that has not yet occurred.

The other news, that wasn’t on the news, was that Marla Miller and Craig Murray presented about rebuilding Twin Rivers Adult School.  Here was my public comment about their presentation:

Board members and Dr. Martinez, thank you for the time to speak this evening,

I think that what is being talked about is a step in the right direction.   I want to encourage you to take more steps, as Twin Rivers can become a model for other districts, if sufficient investment is made.

The first part of investment is money, and the presentation didn’t give any specifics on this.  As a matter of transparency that you have talked about I think the amount of funding you plan to give the adult school should be shared.

But, money is not the only part of an investment.  The next part of investment needs to be in people.  The adult school has excellent teachers, but most have either been laid off or are only being given a bare number of hours.  To rebuild an adult program of excellence, there needs to be an investment in our excellent instructors, and thus they need to have contract positions.

Further, money and talent can be wasted without having the right systems of support being in place.  This means that the adult school must be given sufficient priority within the district, where decisions can be made in a timely fashion, and in an authoritative manner.  While I, and I think all in the Adult School, recognize that the children must be the first priority, we also recognize that we can be an integral part of this system such that our parents and other adults have an opportunity to help their families to succeed.  The first hundred days has brought us to the beginnings of a plan to rebuild the adult school, we now need the next hundred days to be able to do the right things so that the school will truly grow.

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November 20th, 2013 at 7:49 pm

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November 20th, 2013 at 11:59 am

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