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EDITORIAL:Keep Abreu

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By The Staff

Recently, City Councilman Morris Madrid praised Jim Abreu, West Las Vegas’ superintendent, during a school board meeting. Madrid said he spoke to the board because he wanted to make sure there is continuity in the West district.

That’s a valid concern. The recent school election resulted in a new member to the board, David G. Romero. Soon, the board will decide whether to renew Abreu’s contract. We hope it does.

Over the last couple of years, Abreu, a longtime Highlands University official, has worked hard to improve the district. In particular, he deserves credit for effective planning in capital improvements at the district’s elementary schools. He also appears to have reined in wasteful spending, particularly in the bilingual program, where alleged corruption occurred before Abreu arrived on the scene. Moreover, Abreu has brought in a new openness to the district since taking the helm.

For the benefit of the district, the board should conduct a full evaluation of Abreu’s performance, so he can become an even better superintendent. As it stands, we hope the board decides to keep him.