I'm glad to see politics are alive and well for the upcoming school board elections at Brawley Union High School District.
As a departing trustee, I would like to offer a few hints into what I see ahead for BUHSD and why I am supporting the incumbent Rodney Arterberry and Mr. Bob Hansen.
First and most importantly, teacher contract negotiations begin in January. BUHS must pay its teachers as much as economically possible; having top-notch, highly motivated teachers, is a must.
This is why the experience of Rodney Arterberry, and the budgeting expertise of Bob Hansen, are essential. (Bob Hansen oversees an Imperial Irrigation District budget of $70 million.) School budgets are very delicate. If the teachers are paid even 1 percent over what can be afforded, the finances of BUHS could return to what they were in the 1990s. This I assure you, we do not want.