Witter and Phil Swing pass State inspection with ‘exemplary’ marks

Amy Juarez
Barbara Worth September 8th grade Student of the Month, Amy Juarez
Cristopher Carillo
7th Grade, Christopher Carillo, September Student of the Month at Barbara Worth Jr. High

BRAWLEY – The Brawley Elementary School Board held their regular meeting Tuesday, October 14, and all trustees reported on the busy first month of school with Welcome Back Nights and the Walk to School day.


The board ratified proposals and construction contracts with Elms Equipment Rental for excavations for new playground equipment at Witter and Oakley Schools, and to cleanup district property at the intersection of North Imperial Avenue and D Street for the total cost of around $11,000.


The board also approved a cost proposal with Trade Mark Construction for $11,972 for repair of the east and west wall of the administration building.


Sierra Air invoiced the school for over $25,000 for classroom and cafeteria wiring for various electronic conduits and circuits needed for installing new technology.


They also ratified agreements with the Rainforest Art Project for ASES programs and art classes for $10,000 for each of the five schools and another $30,000 for art class at Barbara Worth Junior High.

Denise Cabanilla presented her organization, Imperial County P16 Council and College Going Initiative, to educate the board on the work the Council does to promote college options to young students of the Imperial Valley. According to their figures, she told the board only 14% of the valley have college degrees, yet 72% of the graduating seniors enroll in secondary education. One of the reasons students drop out is cost, college has increased its tuition over 40% in the last few years. Another cause is many are first generation college goers and parents do not know how to emotionally support their children while away.


According to Cabanilla, the council tries to help find underused scholarships available locally for students and to educate parents about the trials their children endure while away at college.


Director of Student Services, Edward Singh, reported the State gave Witter and Phil Swing Schools exemplary marks for how both campuses looked physically. Witter and Phil Swing, due to the Williams Act, both had state school inspectors on their campuses looking for physical defects and inadequacies.


Singh thanked the maintenance crew, the teachers, and Superintendent Ron Garcia for all the work, painting, weeding, installation of technology, and construction that started over the summer to pass inspection.


Senior Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Luis Panduro, reported that BESD had hired 42 new teachers, which was 25% of the total teacher workforce and that the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) had been completed. The LCAP is a three-year plan with five goals that include closing the achievement gap, hiring highly qualified teachers and increasing the promotion rate at Barbara Worth Junior High.