Friday, October 10, 2008

The change we don't need?

Out of all the dysfunctional elected bodies we get to vote for this fall -- Congress, Assembly, state Senate, Delta College board, City Council -- the Tracy Unified School District board is humming along just fine.

I sat as a panelist at the TUSD forum Thursday, and confirmed what I thought about the board from previous encounters: These guys know what they're talking about.

They handled the Measure E bond -- the one that rebuilt the West building at Tracy High and brought you Steve Lopez Stadium and the coming rebuild of several other Tracy High classroom structures -- with aplomb. They made cuts to the school district's budget and restructured jobs so that the pain fell as far from the classroom as possible. They know what has to be done.

The challengers all acquitted themselves very well Thursday, and they would all make good trustees. They really would. But why fix what isn't broken?

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