Money Dominates School Board Agenda

The nation’s economic status, compounded with the state of California’s own budgetary problems, has pushed the Temple City School Board to focus on the District’s financial matters.

Several monetary matters dominated the School Board’s agenda on January 28, 2009.

Ellen Jacobs of Longden elementary school emphasized the need to place education of students in the highest priority. Jacobs believes the mission of the Temple City Unified School District (TCUSD) was to supply a rigorous and nurturing education that maximized each student’s potential in a diverse setting. Jacobs argued that any budget cuts affecting students should be the last cut.

Finance options, including borrowing from the Los Angeles County, were discussed on Wednesday evening. There was a general disagreement with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s proposal of a reduced number of school days and a ten percent pay cut.

The story of Emma Ortiz, a first grader who was described to be polite, friendly, and a joy to be around, was also brought to the School Board’s attention.

In the midst of the night, Ortiz noticed a strange scent in the house and immediately notified her parents. Once a fire was discovered, Ortiz and her one-month sister were evacuated from the house. While the family lost a good portion of their personal belongings, no one was harmed. Ortiz commented that she wants to be a doctor when she grows up to save more lives. Ortiz was recognized earlier by the City of Temple City and the School Board gave her an award.

The Dr. Doug Sears Learning Center (DDSLC), an alternative school for minors within the TCUSD also was recognized Wednesday evening.

Two Board Members had received an e-mail from a former student, whose name was not identified, praising the school for saving what could have ruined his life.

The individual said, “If it were not for the CLC, I would be out in the streets or still living with my parents.” Now in the military, the former student thanked the CLC for giving him a second chance.

Formerly known as the Community Learning Center, the Dr. Doug Sears Learning Center was renamed in honor of its founder and long-time principal in the summer of 2008.


This article was written by Jason Alvin Wu. It was published in the Temple City Voice on February 6, 2009.


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