Our Opinion: Arterberry, Pior for BUHS board

November 03, 2001

All the people running for the Brawley Union High School board are more than qualified, all have been involved heavily in the school and community and all should be lauded for their public service.

That, however, does not absolve us of the responsibility of recommending two candidates for the two board slots that will be voted on Tuesday.

The board must deal with issues such as finishing the massive upgrading and refurbishing of the Brawley High campus, low standardized test scores in the district and the new standardized competency exam required for graduation. These are all big issues, and it will take people with big aspirations to deal with those issues appropriately.

Incumbent Rodney Arterberry is one such person. (The other incumbent, Alex Jack, decided against seeking re-election.) Arterberry, who was appointed to the board about a year ago, reportedly has done a fine job during his relatively brief tenure. He is a smart man who has long shown uncommon dedication to the youth of the area. As a Brawley native and law enforcement officer, he knows all sides and needs of the city and its kids. He should be elected to a full four-year term.


The other selection is a bit more taxing. All four remaining candidates have much to offer.

Miguel Miranda is a longtime civic and youth sports activist and former Brawley city councilman. He is a strong-willed man who will fight for a cause. One reason we cannot endorse him is he did not show up for his scheduled interview with our editorial board. We cannot support him if we don't know where he stands.

Candidate Helen Noriega is another person who has long been involved in school activities. She is a bright woman and is full of good energy and goodwill. We tend to wonder, though, if her energies would be directed appropriately as a board member.

Candidate Robert Hansen appears to be a good man and a solid member of the community. He, too, has a history of involvement with the school district and his intelligence and knowledge of contracts through his job with Imperial Irrigation District could prove invaluable to the district. His soft-spokeness, though, might cause him to take a back seat at times on the board.

Robert Prior is not one to take a back seat to anyone. He has an outgoing, effervescent personality and his involvement with the school district and knowledge of it issues are equal to any of the other candidates. We give him the slightest of nods over Hansen, although we agonized over that choice.

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