From the lat­est bul­letin from John Gioia (my county su­per­vi­sor here in Contra Costa County):

* There will be a pub­lic fo­rum at noon on Thursday, March 3 to hear from the Contra Costa Community College District’s four fi­nal­ists for the po­si­tion of President of Contra Costa College. Attendees will be able to ask ques­tions too. The fi­nal­ists are: Dr. Celia Barberena, Krista Johns, J.D., Mojdeh Mehdizadeh, and Dr. Luis Pedraja. Click here for more in­for­ma­tion.

The pub­lic fo­rum will be held at the Jean & John Knox Center, 2600 Mission Bell Drive, San Pablo, California.

This is an op­por­tu­nity to pay at­ten­tion to a tier of the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem that doesn’t get much civic at­ten­tion (like the county office/​board of ed­u­ca­tion). The can­di­dates are all “doc­tors” ex­cept for one, so I’m sup­port­ing her. 🙂 Ms. Mehdizadeh is also cur­rently the in­terim pres­i­dent.

A key point to think about is what the place of com­mu­nity col­leges in the over­all sys­tem should be. Feeder for 4-year schools, ex­tra high school babysit­ting for big kids, job train­ing, com­peti­tor to ex­ist­ing 4-year schools for grant­ing bachelor’s de­grees… These are just a few of the pur­poses. It would be in­ter­est­ing to see how the can­di­dates rank the dif­fer­ent goals.

Another ques­tion to ask is about con­struc­tion plan­ning. There aren’t any ex­tra par­cel taxes for the dis­trict, but there are three bonds be­ing paid off by tax­pay­ers:

COMM COLL 2002 BND 0.0034%
COMM COLL 2006 BND 0.0076%
COMM COLL 2014 BND 0.0110%

This to­tals to .022% or $110 per year for an as­sessed value of $500,000.

Also, I like this trend of putting im­por­tant ad­min­is­tra­tive can­di­dates out in a pub­lic fo­rum. It’s part of their job any­way. Although, it would be nice if these fo­rums were at some time we 9 – 5ers could make more eas­ily.

Contra Costa Community College District Leadership Forum

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