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Stand up and help youth of county

I am a 16-year-old high school graduate. Two and a half months ago I graduated from Sierra Foothill High School. I accomplished this feat by way of the California High School Proficiency Exit Exam.

About five months ago I chose to do it my way (graduate), but the decision was forced upon me by the condition of my school. Due to the lack of funding, classes are forced to share textbooks, the curriculum is highly outdated, and the fact that there is no library makes me sick.

The county is purely neglecting the alternative schools in Nevada County. If you walk down the halls of Nevada Union High School you will see state-of-the-art classrooms, and on the shelves you will find numerous amounts of extra unused books. On the other hand, if you walk down the halls of Sierra Foothill, in the rooms you will see multiple students sharing textbooks because of lack thereof. I am also appalled that the county has enough money to build a brand new state-of-the-art juvenile hall, but can’t buy a few measly books for a struggling high school.

I want to say that I am angered, sickened and have lost any and all respect for our county for the way they have handled the utmost important task of education the youth of this fine place to live. I would, however, like to thank the teachers of Sierra Foothill for their support and help, especially Doug Faker and Terry Wood (counselor). I find it sad that the county is more interested in the incarceration and punishment of the county’s youth, rather than spending the money where it can be more productive, in the schools.

In closing, I say: Stand up, Nevada County residents, be heard, put as much pressure on the county and school board as possible. Help the youth succeed; don’t push them farther and farther into the criminal realm.

Matthew Arnold

Grass Valley

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