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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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Written by Jacob Walker

November 20th, 2013 at 7:49 pm

Posted in Twin Rivers USD

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  1. Jacob,
    The last time I was visiting the school and interested in classes they were beyond my means to pay for the course…The school seemed to be getting there money from other government sources and they were paying thousands of dollars to these student, qualifying students, to attend…what happened to all that money?

    Carolyn Jette

    20 Nov 13 at 9:06 pm

  2. Last year there was what I consider to be poor upper-level leadership in the Twin Rivers District that did not understand (or potentially didn’t care) about the ramifications of their actions. This led to decisions that caused the adult school to lose a lot of programs that were making money. The new leadership is far better, but there are still issues at hand which are not being resolved, this is why I’ve basically left the district at this point in time.

    Jacob Walker

    20 Nov 13 at 10:02 pm

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