‘GREEN AND GOLD’ TAKES ON NEW MEANING. The West Las Vegas High School environmental studies program is right on time. While the entire nation prepares to go greener, teacher Kirk Ludi is getting his students in on the action, by converting a 1970 Porsche into a battery-operated car, creating an electric bicycle and more. These are the kinds of projects that inventive young minds can really wrap themselves around — and they obviously are.
The green is obvious, but the gold? That could be in these students’ future, as green technology becomes the new gold standard. This type of hands-on learning is good preparation for today’s and tomorrow’s economic opportunities.
YOU’RE KIDDING, RIGHT? We’ve never liked Mayor Tony Marquez’s insistence at City Hall that all information given to the media must go through him first, but this is ridiculous:
In a space on the Optic’s front page called FYI, we often include the numbers at the city’s water plant, which give an indication about the city’s water supply. The water department hasn’t given the numbers in more than a month, so we called and asked for updated information. No can do, we were told, the information now must go through the mayor’s office.
The mayor said he would work to get such information out, but such a delay in getting this kind of technical information out to the public is totally unnecessary — and indicative of the decaying relationship the city has with both the media and the public.
LET THERE BE LIGHT. Luna Community College launched The Luna Light, its weekly newsletter, last year, and it’s been a showcase for what’s going on at the local school. It highlights the achievements of students and faculty alike and informs the public about the college’s programs. It’s well designed and informative, and its editor, Jesse Gallegos, has worked hard to promote the school.
In fact, the PR departments at both schools of higher education in Las Vegas have improved dramatically over the past couple of years, with Sean Weaver leading the charge at Highlands University. Great job, folks, it’s good to be working with you.
GOOD SCRUTINY. We’ve got a lot of confidence in West Schools Superintendent Jim Abreu, but we fully appreciate the scrutiny school board members are giving to recent spending practices in the district. Board member Kenny Lujan raised questions about a workshop at the resort Tamaya, calling the $2,261 price tag “extravagant.”
After the district’s past experience with flamboyant spending, it’s wise to be super careful. And that makes us more confident the district is in good hands.
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AND WE QUOTE
“You’re hearing this from the horse’s mouth. This is the last thing I would consider.”
— West Las Vegas Superintendent Jim Abreu, responding to rumors that the school district was contemplating layoffs.