I am pleased to see that the test scores in the Madera Unified School district have improved, according to a recent Madera Tribune news article by Mr. Bill Coate.
School Board Administrator Deborah Wood outlined to the Madera Unified School District (MUSD) Board Of Trustees an assortment of student improvement scores in English, arts,and math. Several other school administrators presented information on higher graduation levels and an overall 40 percent improvement in testing scores.
The Board of Trustees has every right to be proud and pat themselves on the back. Any improvement is a plus for our future leaders.
I was surprised, however, to see that no mention was made of our past MUSD superintendent, Mr. Gustavo Balderas, and his leadership, which led to the upgrade in test scores and overall improvement in the school district. They say that no one person can make a difference but I believe, Mr. Balderas did.
It is a shame that he has left our district.
Fortunately Mr. Balderas had a succession plan when he hired Dr. Tony Monreal.
If selected as a replacement, Monreal will enable the improvements to continue.
I would strongly urge the MUSD to select Monreal as the new superintendent in order for our students to get the best leadership possible.