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Lucia Mar needs to reevaluate priorities 

How many high school seniors have you known that have no clue as to what they want to do with their lives upon graduation? How many have gone on to college and spent the first couple of years bouncing back and forth before finally settling on a major?

The students enrolled at the Arroyo Grande High School Endeavour Academy know what they want to do with their lives. They are excited about their futures in engineering, robotics, and the aerospace industry. Why would the school district extinguish this burning desire by contemplating cutting such a wonderful program?

If the Lucia Mar Unified School District needs to wield an ax to cut programs, maybe they should chop at the top. That is, why not cut a few high paying administrative positions? Declining enrollment in the Five Cities is an actuality, so why maintain excessive administrators?

Teachers are rigorously evaluated, but administrators are not! Sadly, school districts keep some principals at the same school for upward of 20 years. There is little accountability and they seem to maintain their high salaried positions year after year. Incidentally, one of those happened to get shredded in this newspaper many years ago for his incompetence. And guess what? He's still at the same job drawing almost $100,000 a year. Kind of turns your stomach when you think that Lucia Mar retains such individuals while balking at giving a decent cost-of-living increase to their teachers and similarly cutting programs that are of tremendous value to America's youth.


Donna Axton-Hoffman


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