On behalf of each of the 5th and 6th grade families at our school district’s six elementary schools, please let me thank you for the wonderful gift you and your Old West encampment partners have provided to us.
It is rare, indeed, for community members to donate their resources to our local schools. It is rarer, still, when community members volunteer hundreds of hours of their time and energy away from their own homes and families to stage extraordinary learning opportunities as you and your colleagues have done for us these past few days.
A year ago, Ramona Municipal Water District (RMWD) directors changed board meetings to occur during working hours over director Kit Kesinger’s objections. Director Kesinger stated meeting during working hours would exclude the employed public, of which he was included.
If the events at the Ramona Municipal Water Board over the course of the past several months were not so serious and far-reaching in such a meaningful way for all residents within the boundaries of the RMWD, they would be laughable. But no one should be laughing.
I don’t understand why the Sentinel does not report the activities of the Ramona TEA’d at the forum other than the advance notice of the monthly meeting submitted by Ramona TEA’d. It is not necessary to be a supporter of the tea party to report news.
I am a Ramona High School alumnus and I am shocked at the school board’s decision to cut the choir program.
The RHS choir program was a huge inspiration in my life and has led me to where I am today. I am currently singing with the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music choirs, and I have recently returned from singing abroad in Russia with the St. Petersburg State University Choir.
On Thursday, March 13, the Ramona school board decided that the education of my children was not their top priority. Given a choice they decided to cut a core teacher from our school teaching staff instead of cutting a luxury resource — a resource that is not required by state law to be in any California school, a resource that currently is dedicated to our school program, a resource that the teachers and parents agreed should be sacrificed given the hard choice forced on us by budget cutting.
I read the Sentinel every week. Back in 2012 when the school board was trying to float the last bond issue I read a guest commentary, submitted by our esteemed school board leader, outlining the dire need for passage of the bond. Listed as a top priority was replacing the aging administration facility. (Read his office facility).
I live in Ramona, I know the administration building is old, but so are most of our schools, with the exception of our newest elementary school, which was more expensive due to the fact we had to seize the land through eminent domain. Now we’re all reading about low attendance and surplus land. Clearly the management of our schools has been a lesson in what not to do.
The Tribune reported on the latest San Diego Gas & Electric plans to extort more money from our already overly-gouged citizenry.
The new “plan” is not only to add a minimum “service fee” to every meter holder, but to reduce the current four-tier rate system to a two-tier system, of course both tiers higher than we now suffer.
Ramona school trustees will meet soon to take another look at a proposed contract with the firm that will work on a campaign for voter approval of a bond, likely in November.
We applaud the school board for responding to member Bob Stoody’s concerns about what a contract might mean after the election.
Feb 28 2014 | Posted in Editorial
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Ramona Sentinel starts its 128th year as the community’s newspaper with this issue and, starting with the first issue in March, it will have a new look. When the Sentinel changed hands in November, the most common question was: What does this mean for our community newspaper? Other than a stronger resource base, there’s been [...]
Feb 19 2014 | Posted in Editorial
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