New School Year, New Superintendent
The August 19 school board meeting began with Public Comments as six FHS students addressed the Board announcing their sports plans for the coming semester. They included: Francisco Erazo-Cross Country, Alexis Tafoya-Cross Country, Chad Petuoglu-Football, Santana Carrera-Cheer, Sarah Scott-Cheer, and Hayden Wright-Football.
By Jean McLeod — Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
The first day of Fillmore Unified School District (FUSD) 2014/2015 school year was Thursday, August 14th and according to the new Superintendent all FUSD schools are in tip-top shape with special attention paid to the landscaping and other safety issues.
The following Tuesday was the first open FUSD Board Meeting for Superintendent Adrian E. Palazuelos Ph.D., who replaced former FUSD Supervisor Dr. Alan Nishino. Palazuelos assured the Board that he was tackling the job right out of the gate and would make Fillmore schools something to be proud of.
Also attending the meeting was Assistant Superintendent Education Services Martha Hernandez, who replaces Asst. Superintendent Michael Johnson. Hernandez previous worked with the Ventura County Office of Education for nine years, Oxnard Elementary for eleven years and Santa Paula Elementary for four years.
The meeting began with Public Comments as six FHS students addressed the Board announcing their sports plans for the coming semester. They included: Francisco Erazo-Cross Country, Alexis Tafoya-Cross Country, Chad Petuoglu-Football, Santana Carrera-Cheer, Sarah Scott-Cheer, and Hayden Wright-Football.
Also attending her first Board Meeting was Fillmore High School Junior Erma Torres, the new 2014/2015 Student Representative also known as "Speaker of the House." Torres introduced her father Michael Torres who also attended FUSD and announced the Welcome Back Rally which will take place this Friday, August 22nd.
Fillmore High Schools (FHS) first away game facing Grace Brethren will take place on August 29th, and FHS Cross Country Team will have their first race at the Fastback Shootout Invitational September 6th at Mt. San Antonio College.
The only agenda item that required much discussion by the Board was the creation of a new committee promoted by the Fillmore City Council. The Council asked the Board if they would be interested in forming a joint committee together. The proposal requires two Board Members volunteer as part of the committee along with two Council Members. All five Board Members agreed to the proposal, but there was question about what time the meetings would take place, either evenings or days. This led to two alternates, Virginia De La Piedra who could only attend during the day and John Garnica who could attend evenings. Lucy Rangel agreed to cover if both De La Piedra and Garnica could not attend. The first meeting is expected to by sometime in December or January.