As a proud single parent with high expectations of elected officials it was sobering to listen to Trustee Jose Rodriguez’s pompous, insensitive, and ludicrous statement at the July 31 MUSD board meeting: “We are MUSD (Madera Unified School District) and not the EDD (Employment Development Department).”
Mr. Rodriguez was referring his comments to more than 200 Madera County employees who lost their jobs in June.
Meanwhile, Trustee Ray Seibert supported Rodriguez’s statement by stating, “That’s right.”
We should hope, that as elected officials, Rodriguez and Seibert have a certain amount of proficiency. But they defy description utilizing a Machiavellian approach as we face an unemployment rate of more than 20.1 percent in Madera.
In order for change to take place, students, parents, and the rest of the community of Madera need to come together and prevent trustees from violating a certain threshold, and unite with a culture of understanding for the kids enrolled in Madera Unified School District.
Additionally, the newly hired deputy superintendent, the associate superintendent of educational services, the associate superintendent of business and operations and the superintendent combined receive $2,850 per month in car allowances for a grand total of $34,200 per year.