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No action taken after Heber's closed-session meeting

October 23, 2001|By KELLY GRANT, Staff Writer

HEBER — About 50 parents, teachers and community members arrived at a special meeting of the Heber School District Board of Trustees to show support for Superintendent Gloria Alkire before board members went into closed session to evaluate Alkire's performance.

After nearly two hours in closed session, the board returned to report that no action had been taken, leaving the audience with several unanswered questions.

During the public comment period, at the start of Monday's meeting, several people voiced support and praise for Alkire, a superintendent they credit with getting the district on the proper track.

Teachers attributed rising Academic Performance Index scores, the emergence of several new educational programs in the district and acquiring new materials for teachers among the positive things Alkire has done for the district.


Parents said they, too, have seen a difference in the school and their children.

Heber resident Rachel Ruiz has one child in the district and another who recently graduated.

"I think she's a great superintendent and has done a lot for the school," Ruiz said.

"We've seen big changes not just in the school but in children's performance," Ruiz added.

Even the students speak highly of Alkire, Ruiz said.

One board member gave his support, too.

Trustee Margarito "Tito" Huerta Jr. said Alkire has done an "outstanding job."

"If this school is going to be the best, I think we need to keep this administration the way we have it," Huerta said.

Responding to audience comments, board President Sarah Conner clarified, "Nobody's going to dismiss the superintendent."

That did not allay audience fears that demotion was still a possibility. The crowd was left speculating as to why the four trustees other than Huerta were conducting the evaluation.

After the meeting, Conner made no comment other than to reiterate that no action had been taken and no other special meetings were planned.

Alkire also declined to comment.

Staff Writer Kelly Grant can be reached at 337-3441.

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