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Holtville meeting to address city, school district working together

September 30, 2001|By DORA DEPAOLI, Staff Writer

HOLTVILLE — There will be a joint meeting of the Holtville City Council and the Holtville Unified School District at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The meeting will be in the Finley Elementary School auditorium at 627 E. 6th St. The two groups will come together to discuss common problems relating to the city and the school district and explore working together. Parents, teachers and local residents are encouraged to attend.

"The meeting came about because our council members determined we are having resource problems and so is the school district. Everybody's bills keep going up and up," said City Manager John Jordan. "Our revenues are not keeping pace with our expenditures. The city needs to have a new public safety building because the ones that we currently have are not adequate. The school district is basically in the same situation. Its buildings are old and need to be replaced."

There are grants available that require cooperation between the city and the school district.

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New HUSD Superintendent Pat Maruca said she is "anticipating opening the lines of communication between the city and the district and trying to look for some common threads where we can be of some assistance to each other.

"The fact that both agencies are so strapped financially, we are looking to share existing resources, which will ultimately result in the betterment of the community," said Maruca.

The discussion items will include drug use and distribution, gangs, graffiti, mischief, disrespect and violence in the community, after-school recreational youth programs and researching available grants for youth activities, possible sharing of a service center for wholesale purchases of supplies, coordination of services with law enforcement and other agencies, the current and projected enrollment in the school district and future construction needs, anticipated city growth and housing development, discussion regarding a more concentrated effort to promote patriotism in the city and schools and appointing a liaison from the two entities to attend the respective meetings to aim for open communication.

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