Not too many years ago, there were nine people who ran for the school
board. That gave the voting public a choice. Forums were held all over
Newport-Mesa, where voters could directly question the candidates. We
learned something about the candidates' views. It also got voters
thinking about education and what they wanted schools and teaching to
look like in the future.
I'm not saying that Rodman would make a better school board member
than the incumbents, because I don't know whether he has any
qualifications. I don't know what his goals are for our local schools.
But it would provide him with a salary, health benefits and a
retirement plan. It would give his neighbors a break from the parties for
two nights a month, when the board meets. It might also liven up the
meetings and make more people keep an eye on the decision makers for our
Even if you aren't Rodman, I hope you will seriously consider running
for a school board spot.
Meanwhile, maybe Rodman could give us some insight on how to solve
teen drinking and driving in our neck of the woods.
The ink is barely dry on reports that a local football star was
drinking at a party with his schoolmates before he ran his car off the
road this year.
Is this the toll we are willing to accept to keep our kids happy? Has
this form of entertainment become so ingrained that parents are willing
to supply their kids with alcohol, or party along with them?
Parents of Newport-Mesa teenagers wonder why there aren't more summer
school class options for teens. Currently, summer school is mainly for
kids to repeat classes they didn't pass.
During the school year, high schools offer only six time periods a day
for classes. That means very few teens on the path for college can take
any subjects other than English, math, science, foreign language and
social studies. Their sixth period is sports.
These students need to be given one of two options: take at least one
of those standard classes in summer school or take electives in summer
school. Wouldn't it be great to offer music, art, art history, drama,
journalism, creative writing, photography, Web page design or science
fiction as a summer diversion for a teen?
The perfect place for such a program would be the Orange Coast Middle
College High School. This would give high school kids a chance to
experience a college campus when it has classrooms to spare.
* GAY GEISER-SANDOVAL is a Costa Mesa resident. Her column runs
Tuesdays. She may be reached by e-mail at o7 GGSesq@aol.comf7 .