I’m not a letter-to-the-editor writer, but your series on public education compelled me to write.
I’m not an out-front, mainstream leader of programs at Paso Robles High, but I have been involved in the background for many years as a silent supporter of the agriculture classes and programs at the school.
I have had the honor and privilege to have served on committees with Mark Clement, and have nothing but praise for him. While he is the most tenured member of the department, the other instructors shine as well.
I recently attended the annual FFA awards banquet and it was evident that every staff member of the Ag Department at Paso High had an influence on many of these fine young adults.
If this funding crisis continues for much longer, there will be no Mark Clements, no department staff that goes above and beyond for their students to carry on a decades-long tradition of agriculture at Paso Robles High School.
There must be asolution for the issues PRHS is facing that doesn’t involve letting ag and other elective classes dwindle, or making painful cuts to other departments.
The next time you see instructors at the high school, school board members or other district leaders, take the time to tell them that you care, and how you feel. We’ve got to start somewhere.