First, let's get to know the candidates:
Member, Board of Trustees, Seat 2
Member, Board of Trustees, Seat 4
Member, Board of Trustees, Seat 6
"Their primary responsibility is to ensure the viability and the sustainability of the college," said Rios-Aguilar of the role that trustees play. "This means that they monitor accreditation standards, make sure the colleges align their policies to meet those standards and goals, and they are really the direct connection between the community and the college."
The trustees will face many important issues in the coming year, including improving the success of a growing and diverse student body.
"We have the nation's largest district and completion and transfer rates are still pretty low," said Rios-Aguilar. "So the board is going to have to make some decisions and some resolutions as to how they're going to tackle this problem."
They could also look at issues related to construction bids, employment contracts, hiring of top administrative officials and policies that affect undocumented students, said Rios-Aguilar.
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