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Nearly two years after opening, Liberty Ranch High School finally receives the funding to stock its library

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Audrey Kilpatrick

Brian Deis

Gus Prouty

Posted: Thursday, March 31, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 7:54 am, Thu Mar 31, 2011.

This time next month, Liberty Ranch High School’s library shelves should be stocked with books — nearly two years after the Galt campus opened.

During the process of building Liberty Ranch High School, items were removed from the budget due to funding changes and budget priorities for the project as a whole.

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5 comments:

  • Patrick W Maple posted at 6:44 pm on Thu, Mar 31, 2011.

    Pat Maple Posts: 1805

    So Gus...then WHY didn't you vote to fund 1/2 the library and only stock it with "research books"? What happens when a family cannot afford a computer or the internet? Libraries and librarians are the window to the school...many students go there as a refuge or to talk to the librarians about important things in their lives...talk to one sometime...like Mrs Nunez...your perspective will change. Gus clue me in on my agenda again....I am not very clear on it. As far as meetings with the "budget committee" it was more of a CF than a meeting to take input...the decisions on spending had already been made. One othe point...most students do not go to the library during their lunch period, before or after school...when is all of this "pleasure" reading being done?

     
  • Gus Prouty posted at 10:13 am on Thu, Mar 31, 2011.

    Gus Prouty Posts: 4

    My comment was with respect to his expressing the need for hard copy books. He and I both were at multiple budget meetings in the library/media room over the last two years and he made comment more than once about the bookless shelves while in the room he states I haven't even been in. Not sure how he can remember so much but forget that very simple fact. Oh ya, he likes to embellish at every opportunity.
    His comments about the funding follow the same pattern as his about my not ever being in the library,,,, total crapola like usual. He just says whatever he thinks will get people excited about his personal agenda.


     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 9:03 am on Thu, Mar 31, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Mr Prouty stated...As I parent I think it’s unreasonable to expect the school toprovide books for pleasure reading. Research, yes. A quiet place tocatch up on homework, yes. But pleasure books? Let’s be real,”Prouty said. “Computers for research, yes. Please, not books inthese (budget) times.”

    Mr Prouty, I agree completely with this statement and sentiment... however, I do not understand the relationship between your point here and Pats point about “how” something was funded... can you please clarify? Im confused.

     
  • Gus Prouty posted at 8:30 am on Thu, Mar 31, 2011.

    Gus Prouty Posts: 4

    I understand Pat is a generation or two ahead of me so I understand his concern for paper copy books. However times are changing and paper books are well, old school like Pat. There is an absolute wealth of cutting edge pleasure reading material available on the internet for little to no cost that provides a 1000 times more variety than 100k in high school library books can offer.
    Additionally, the school needs to focus on the supporting its core offerings as I stated for the article with computers and research material, where the most up to date material is found. Pleasure reading is available on line or in the local library. Having it at the school is redundant and unnecessary.

     
  • Patrick W Maple posted at 6:40 am on Thu, Mar 31, 2011.

    Pat Maple Posts: 1805

    Mrs Amos is right! The money for the library went into the new Ag building...stop lying about how it was funded...the reserves were raided, maintenance funds were stolen and your vaunted Ag grant had to have $180K in costs to get $40K. Gus Prouty once again shows his ignorance of education and business...he probably never stepped foot in a library...this is the most disgusting group of elected officials...the test scores are in the tank...because of them...the school financials are being taken over...because of them...and soon the entire District will be under the thumb of the state. I must say though, the state taking over is ludicrous...they are even worse and are in worse shape!

     
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