Wednesday August 31, 2016
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Thanks for your thoughts. Perhaps. If left to "ideas". However, I deal in what works and what has been shown to work. I am not talking about my "ideas" to raise student achievement. I am talking about the model I have used and am currently using to mentor sixteen principals of persistently low achieving schools in Arizona and New Mexico. We must utilize what works and hold feet to the fire. This includes mine if elected. This is why I can say with confidence that I will not run in four years if student achievement remains flat.
Trying to find "Herber" on the map.
...and By the way, PUSD had a shot at bringing him to PHS this year as an "activities coordinator". I think there might have been some perceived complications with admin. certification. However, when you have folks with RC's credentials and ability - and an alumnus, I would think you would move heaven and earth to get them back. This, I believe, was a monumental missed opportunity for a High School that is trying to make its way back up.
I don't think is is so much as "Do as they please..." as it is, "Do what it takes" to stay solvent. The media business has changed dramatically with the advent of the internet. Papers who did not make a move to keep up went under. For example, I have a digital subscription to the Republic as well as a "paper" subscription for Wed. Saturday and Sunday. The actual papers sit and are never read. I do all the reading on line. That's where the majority of readers are headed. I have a friend who is in the business of going into a paper and bringing them up to speed with regard to the combination of paper based/technology based readers and advertisers. It basically comes down to change or die.
I hate to sound negative, but the suggestion of opening the trail up to ATV's to shuttle people down from the Strawberry side makes my blood boil. I have been hiking that trail for many years. Part of the reason it remains in as good of shape as it is, is because it's tough to get to. How about this suggestion. Bike in only from the pavement to the trailhead, then hike only. Instead of making it easier for lame brains to get down, let's make it tougher! Sorry, but this issue hits a nerve.
I'm with you Pat. FFA is great! It teaches responsibility, speaking skills and hard work.
This is interesting. My business partner (a retired superintendent) and I are not sure what gives to cause a 9% swing. If 123 passes, people get a 4% raise. If it does not pass it should stay at, "no raises". Instead, salaries get cut 5%. I'm afraid I would have to see the numbers on this one before I bite.
That's interesting. I was out there last weekend talking with folks and collecting signatures for my campaign. I was very surprised at the the number of people from Maricopa County who were just up for the day walking around Green Valley Park. Also people from other parts of Gila County. Very surprising - pleasantly surprising.
Hi, Sorry to take so long to get back. Public Schools have been slicing budgets for a number of years now. Though it is not perfect, nor is it necessarily a solution, any relief is certainly welcome. A caveat might be that the trust was originally designed to supplement education funding, under the assumption that the general fund was adequately funded. The shift here, is that it is partially replacing what should be general budget funding. Also, it takes funding that is from the principal instead of the interest. If you have investments, for example retirement accounts, you would want to supplement your income with your interest as opposed to spending the principal. Up to this point, the trust funding has been well managed. It is really the only revenue generating source for education. It is certainly responsible to question how this will affect the trusts ability to generate revenue.
Thank you so much for good wishes. The circumstances are "water under the bridge" and not worth digging into. I have moved forward and have been highly successful and blessed. I would only say, there was no malfeasance or dishonesty on my part and my evaluation was outstanding. The fires of adversity only serve to temper the steel for those who choose to keep moving forward. This is also what we must teach our kids. Thanks again and take care.
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