The Yucca Valley Town Council officially took responsibility for the Brehm Youth Park last night, and may take on Black Rock Canyon Road. Managing Editor Tami Roleff was there at a very busy meeting and files this report…
The Yucca Valley Town Council agreed at its meeting last night to proceed with transition of the Brehm Sports Park from the Basin Wide Foundation to the Town, effective July 1. As part of the agreement, the Town will provide $10,000 in scholarships for low-income youth sports programs for at least 10 years. The Town will also complete street improvements to Palm Avenue and the parking lot, at a cost of $170,000 to about $200,000. The council rejected all the bids for the sidewalk improvements on Sage Avenue, as they came in nearly $100,000 to more than $200,000 over budget. The Town plans to make some modifications to the plans and open the bidding process again, with the stipulation that the work be completed before school begins in August. The Council also rejected the proposal for a charging station for electric vehicles, saying that there weren’t enough residents who would use it to make it a worthwhile project. And finally, during an update about capital improvement projects, the Council was informed that Staff believes that Black Rock Canyon Road can be accepted into the Town’s maintained road system, as it provides access to public facilities (South Park), and that Staff plans to allocate $100,000 in Local Transportation Funds to convert the road to a gravel road.
Tomorrow, Thursday, May 8, is “Give Big San Bernardino County,” a 24-hour online giving campaign that allows residents to give to their favorite causes in the Morongo Basin and San Bernardino County. The goal is to raise a minimum of $300,000 in just 24 hours through online donations. More than $43,000 in prize money will be awarded to nonprofits during Give Big Day. From 7 a.m. on May 8, to 6:59 a.m. on May 9, supporters of Morongo Basin nonprofits can go online, connect with causes they care about and make a donation. The minimum donation is $10, with no maximum amount. Every donation made has a chance of receiving a “Golden Ticket.” When a randomly selected donor is the lucky recipient of a “Golden Ticket,” their charity will receive additional prize money. In addition, the top five organizations on the Leaderboard will receive prize money. Go to givebigsbcounty.org to donate or for more information.
Employee recognitions occupied most of the meeting of the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education. Reporter Dan Stork reports that school awards, employee contracts, career education funding, and financial administration were also discussed…
At the start of the Board of Education meeting, employees from (mostly) western schools in the Morongo Unified School District were honored by their principals. Selected teachers and classified employees from each of 11 schools were lauded for their dedication. The names of those honored are listed below…
||Avery Smith, Kyle Chapman
|Yucca Valley Elementary
|Yucca Valley High
|Twentynine Palms High
Superintendent Cecelia English announced that four District Elementary Schools—Landers, Friendly Hills, Morongo Valley, and Condor—were named Title 1 Academic Achievement award winners. Only 6 other schools in San Bernardino County got the award, with a total of 106 winning schools in California, out of 6,000 schools that receive Title I federal funds. To receive this distinction, the school must demonstrate that all students are making significant progress toward proficiency on California’s academic content standards. Additionally, the school’s socioeconomically disadvantaged students must have doubled the achievement targets set for them for two consecutive years.
Trustee Karalee Hargrove requested that the payments item be pulled from the consent agenda, so that she could vote against it, without commenting on her reasons. She also was the lone vote against the approval of Prop 30 funds for non-administrative uses, citing an absence of oversight information. She also expressed concern over the exit of the District’s top business affairs administrators.
The Tentative Agreement with the classified employees’ union was approved, as was a 5.77 percent total compensation increase for non-contract management and confidential employees. Also approved was funding for Career Technical Education and the acceptance of $81,000 of federal funding for the program. Single Plans for Student Achievement for the three District high schools and for Morongo Valley Elementary were also approved.
It has become known that Dave Price, the Assistant Superintendent for Business Services in the Morongo Unified School District, will be leaving his post. Reporter Dan Stork asked Price about his plans…
We caught up with Dave Price during a break in the Board of Education meeting, and asked about his timing for leaving his post as the Assistant Superintendent for Business Services in the School District, and about his next career move. He told us that he will be leaving the District on June 30. The following day, he will take up the position of Deputy Superintendent for Hope Academy, with responsibility for daily operations in the far-flung charter school. Dave will continue to reside in the Morongo Basin, while he oversees the operation of Hope Academy sites in Bloomington, Indio, Palm Desert, Beaumont, and Yucca Valley. He said he was excited about being involved in alternative education. Price is the second high-level financial administrator to exit the District recently, following the resignation of the Director of Fiscal Services. Both positions are posted on EDJOIN, the education employment web site.
Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Yucca Valley High School and Twentynine Palms High School track teams will participate in the De Anza League finals, beginning at 4 p.m., at Shadow Hills High School in Indio.
The Yucca Valley High School Trojan baseball, softball, and tennis teams will travel away to Desert Mirage High School in Thermal. Tennis starts at 1 p.m.; baseball and softball at 3:15.
The Trojan golf team will travel to Indio to play the Shadow Hills Knights. Tee-off is at 1 p.m.
The Twentynine Palms High School Wildcat baseball and softball games with Big Bear, originally scheduled for tomorrow in Twentynine Palms, have been postponed until Friday. The Wildcat teams will travel away to Big Bear. First pitch is at 3:30 p.m.