Optimistic Volunteer Praises Trustee Selection, GUSD Board

Dear Editor,
Today, I read with pleasure the article on GUSD Trustee, Javier
Aguirre, written by Dispatch reporter Heather Bremner. In fact,
Bremner has done an outstanding job of reporting the whole GUSD
trustee appointment and post-conversations over the past month.
Dear Editor,

Today, I read with pleasure the article on GUSD Trustee, Javier Aguirre, written by Dispatch reporter Heather Bremner. In fact, Bremner has done an outstanding job of reporting the whole GUSD trustee appointment and post-conversations over the past month.

Which brings me the reason I am writing. I applaud the GUSD Superintendent, Edwin Diaz, for his leadership in addressing the previous editorial letters regarding the recent trustee appointment.

The superintendent wrote a very good letter on why it is so important to promote parental involvement in education to help address the academic needs of children. At the same time, we cannot ignore the remarks – and actions – by those who strive to divide the city with such ignorant comments (letters written by Bob Heisey, Rhoda Bress, and Denise Apuzzo). I also applaud the “Sky’s the Limit” Dispatch article outlining the numerous accomplishments of Trustee Aguirre. We should all be proud of his appointment to the GUSD Board and we must support the entire board as they work on the challenges facing the district. I can think of no better person than Aguirre to fill the shoes needed to face the challenges and move in the right direction. I applaud the GUSD Board for selecting the best candidate of the four in Javier Aguirre.

I attended the December 12 board meeting and saw, first-hand, what occurred. I was not disappointed that two trustees (Rhoda Bress and Tom Bundros) did not vote to appoint Aguirre. It is the prerogative of each trustee to vote who they deem as the best selection. I am very disappointed in the reasoning that Trustee Bress presented in voting for Bob Heisey.

It was an obvious political ploy and I resent Bress for placing politics ahead of education. This is unacceptable and a complete disregard for our children. Bress is not qualified to be a board member for this reason alone. Jaime Rosso is to be commended for his courage in placing his vote for the reasons he expressed. We need more business people who care this much about educating youth.

As for the topic of racism, specifically by a select few who felt it necessary to write letters on this topic, I see no need to address the comments made by Bob Heisey, Rhoda Bress, and Denise Apuzzo. As a Latino, born and raised in a California farm town, I am very pleased that a majority of our community residents do not regard the Hispanic community as they do; rather, the majority value diversity as the strength of our neighborhoods and promote inclusiveness over divisiveness.

The entire GUSD community – parents, students, teachers, et. al. – should be proud of their school board and superintendent for the excellent work they have done over the past year, especially with their recent appointment. As a volunteer in the Gilroy community, I am extremely optimistic that I may approach the GUSD for support as I personally contribute towards our youth receiving the best education possible.

Thank you, Dispatch, for your outstanding coverage of education and the GUSD School Board.

Rudy J. Rodriguez, Gilroy

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