You'll be hearing a lot in the coming months about efforts to reform Del Norte schools. Meetings have been held, visits have been made to other school districts that might serve as models, and more meetings are on the horizon.
Upcoming articles will focus on where our schools and students stand in comparison to the rest of California, what types of reforms we may be looking at and the timeline for adopting and implementing them.
The newspaper's on-line poll at triplicate.com recently sought opinions on Del Norte schools. A little over half the respondents, 353 (66.9 percent), said the schools are not doing well enough and need to be improved. The other 174 (33.1 percent) agreed with the statement that the schools are "generally doing a good job of educating our children."
The majority of students responding to a recent survey of their own said they'd like tougher coursework and more advice regarding their vocational futures. You can read more about that in the first installment of our upcoming report on Del Norte education.
Here are some other recent results from the on-line poll, which, keep
in mind, is not a scientific sampling like some of the million or so
polls you'll hear about leading up to next year's presidential election:
andbull; Break-ins: We're also preparing a report on burglary statistics
after all the recent concern about crime in Del Norte. The current poll
asks people if their residences here have ever been broken into. So far,
199 (59.4 percent) have said "no," and 136 (40.6 percent) have said
andbull; Recycling: Are we recycling more now that Recology Del Norte is
supplying those big blue containers and accepting additional items at
curbside? Apparently so; 257 respondents (65.6 percent) said "yes" while
135 (34.4 percent) said "no." That's in line with the collection
company's own statistics, which show it collecting tons more recycling
andbull; Tsunami Landing: The real barn-burner in recent on-line polling was
over the city's decision to tear down the covered pedestrian walkway
downtown. Was that the right move? Respondents were split, with 296
saying "yes" and 295 saying "no."
Less debatable is the fact that, with the Landing gone, Tsunami Plaza
enjoyed something of a coming-out party last Saturday as hundreds of
people converged on downtown to kick off the holiday season. And why
not? Santa landed in a helicopter and led the light parade that
concluded with a tree-lighting, entertainment and kiddie lap
consultations in a plaza blazing with color.
Hopefully, residents will continue to think local as they do their
holiday shopping. Some stores are keeping longer hours, and there are
special events coming up tonight through Sunday.
Want your gifts to say something about the scenic paradise Del
Norters live in? Check out the inventory at the redwood parks' Visitor
Center on Second Street, where an open house and book signing will be
held tonight from 4 to 7 p.m.
From Friday through Sunday, about 80 vendors will be selling their
wares at the annual Holiday Fair at the county fairgrounds.
Santa is expected there as well. Think about it: If the big guy in
the red suit endorses local gift-giving for the holidays, who are we to