12/29/2020 1 Comment
Over the course of several West Sonoma County Union High School District (WSCUHSD) board meetings and public town halls this fall, it became apparent that the district was heading down a path towards closure of a comprehensive high school in order to balance the budget. While discussions about school closures can be heart wrenching; this particular closure – with its rushed timeline, during a pandemic, and on the heels of significant area floods and fires – struck a deep chord with students, parents and community members.
The potential of a parcel tax for the school district and a tourism occupancy tax to benefit West County fire and emergency services as well as provide funding for a wide range of educational programming gives West County residents a ray of hopeful anticipation. These bridge funding measures would allow our schools to remain open with consistent and robust programming while strategic planning and possible district unification is examined to determine how to best serve our students well into the future. [continue reading]
Debbie Ramirez is the mom of an Analy sophomore and a 2020 Analy graduate. She served as a Trustee for the Sebastopol Union School District between 2010 - 2019 as the district navigated through declining enrollment, increased costs, state funding deferrals, strategic planning, school closure, and campus reconfigurations.