(August 16, 2012, BRAWLEY) The BUHSD board turned down Joe Rodriguezâ€™ petition to rename the Junior College Building after his parents by a 3-2 vote Wednesday night.
Rodriguez, a class of 1975 alumni, made a compelling case in person for the renaming of the Junior College Building in honor of his parents. He spoke of what a great education he received from the school and how he went on to become a marine and later â€˜make a few bucksâ€™ in business.Â He offered the school $100,000 in exchange for adding the name Rodriguez to the building. His parentsâ€™ initials are â€œJâ€ and â€œCâ€ and so the Junior College Building, or as it is called, the â€œJC Buildingâ€ would become the â€œJC Rodriguezâ€ building.
Trustees Helen Noriega and Rusty Garcia voted their approval.
Mrs. Noriega said, â€œWe named a softball field after a coach. All weâ€™re asked is to add â€˜Rodriguezâ€™, and he has been generous over the years donating money to the kids who couldnâ€™t afford graduation gowns, annuals, dresses and tuxes for the prom.â€
Garcia said, â€œWe could use the money. It is still going to be called the JC Building. If we did ten of these weâ€™d have a million bucks. Weâ€™ve been talking about this for over a year. Mr. Rodriguez should not be getting a run-around. He traveled all this way. Letâ€™s vote for it, yea or nay.â€
However, the three remaining members had their doubts.
â€œIâ€™m ready to take the money with no strings attached,â€ board president Ralph Fernandez told Mr. Rodriquez. â€œWeâ€™ll take the money all day long without any strings. But not attached to the JC Building. Is there any other building or field you might be interested in?â€
â€œNo, not at all.â€ Rodriguez answered.
â€œTalking to people in the community, there is attachment to that building and that name. If you wanted room 18, we could probably do this.â€ Fernandez said.
Trustee Ceci Dial struggled with the conceptÂ through the board policy. The policy encourages the board to form a citizensâ€™ advisory panel before naming a building and having many names submitted from citizens that have shown particular achievement in the community and country.
Carol Sassie didnâ€™t like the idea that the school buildings were for sale.
In the end, Sassie, Dial, and Fernandez voted in the majority denying Mr. Rodriguez the name change.