Time To Petition Ag For Decision On County College

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Editor:

As many readers know, legal actions were filed by Citizens for Better Payson Government with the Attorney General for the state of Arizona in May and early June 2005. Two issues are involved:

1) Many documented open meeting law violations by certain members of the board of governors of Gila Community College, and;

2) Possible violations of the law by giving to Eastern Arizona College rights and responsibilities the people of Gila County voted to put into the hands of the elected Board of Governors.

WakeUpCall is committed to having high quality secondary education in Gila County that is cost effective and is responsive to local community needs. To achieve these expectations, we must address these issues relating to college governing board majority and the agreements they signed with EAC.

These issues are very closely tied to the decisions yet to be made by the attorney general, and WakeUpCall cannot proceed with other efforts until we know how the attorney general intends to deal with what we perceive as some rather serious violations of the law.

We expected a response by July 1, then Aug. 1; now we are told it may be well into October before we hear anything.

We are concerned about political pressures coming from influential parties outside Gila County, causing the AG's office to delay action in the absence of any communication from those citizens angered and upset by Gila College's current plight.

We believe it is time to mobilize support for action. We urge concerned citizens to contact Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard and let him know you would like to see a timely decision and, if appropriate, prompt corrective action in these Gila Community College matters.

The charges require thorough investigation and a prompt resolution, without the taint of outside political pressures. Time is of the essence, because it appears to us that the quality of higher education in Gila County is deteriorating and that the new provider is spending funds with virtually no accountability to Gila County taxpayers or our elected board. Much time has already elapsed, and we would urge that these matters be resolved before the end of this month.

Send your views by e-mails, faxes or letters to: Terry Goddard, Office of the Arizona Attorney General, 1275 W. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85007, or email: ag.inquiries@azag. gov and to terry.goddard@azag.gov.

WakeUpCall Executive Committee members Peter Kettner, Jim Buettner, Judy Baker, Ron Christensen, Don Crowley and Dan Haapala

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