“At issue in the Area 5 race is how to spread increasingly scare dollars to educate the most students—from those fresh out of high school to adults acquiring new skills in a tough job market and where in the district to concentrate those resources.”
This election is critical to the future of MSJC. The two established outreach centers in Banning and Temecula have taken large sums of general fund dollars away from offering direct educational class sections at our main state approved campus sites (SJ/MV) and transferred said dollars into capital construction funding for an expensive lease in Temecula (600k per yr) and building improvements, and upwards of +4 million dollars to construct a Banning campus site that does not and will not (for years) qualify for state capital construction dollars and/or operational funding and has no state approvals of the site or the planning of said campus.
Both Temecula and Banning have been supported by administration and a three majority board. This election is critical for transparent/data driven decision making. In my opinion, Tom Ashley is the candidate most able to make a difference at MSJC and most able to be independent in his position as board member.
MSJC has to do more with less, not less with less. Expensive outreach centers should not be sacred cows.