Solutions Summit Aims To Help The High Desert’s Future

By Nolan Patrick Smith

High Desert Daily

(Victorville) Next week, the community and its leaders from around the High Desert will all come together for the Solutions Summit, where the problems in the community will be discussed as well as how to get on the path to fixing them.

“35% of our population are on welfare and food stamps, we have a very high drop out rate in our high schools. Most importantly, if we are going to get out of this jam, we need to have an educated workforce, we are not producing an educated workforce,” stated Alliance for Education Executive Board Member Joseph W. Brady. These are some of the issues that will be discussed at the summit, as the community has the chance to take ownership of the problems and begin the road to recovery.

“Education is the number one priority for our nation now and for our Inland Empire for certain. This is a time, in my opinion, that will be foundational for our society and our local economy, “ stated Dr. Dale Marsden, Executive Board Member for the Alliance for Education in a phone interview with High Desert Daily. “We’ve known for a long time that our educational system needed to work for all kids, so that when they are completed with their schooling that they got the skills necessary to be successful in the real world of work. This event will be where we begin the reengineering effort to take our system and redesign it.”

The summit will be held at the Victor Valley College Performing Arts Center on November 17th. The event will start at 8:00 am and end at 11:30. The main speaker is Dr. John Husing, who will talk about the condition of our economics. Many of the desert’s leaders will be in attendance, and have made their voices heard when it comes this event.

“I will be there! We’ve got to stop bickering about what is wrong and come together to make things right. My investments here are too big to let this community suffer anymore. It will be refreshing to be part of a real solution.” Stated Carl Ross, President of Safari Properties & Safari Business Park, One of San Bernardino County’s largest landowners and real estate taxpayers.

Victorville Mayor Ryan McEachron had this to say about the summit: “I am attending the Solutions Summit, because we have done enough talking. The people assembling for this summit are the movers and shakers that know how to take action. I want to be part of that because there is too much at stake for our kids, our businesses and our community’s future.”

In speaking with Joseph W. Brady, he made it clear that addressing these problems is absolutely critical to the High Desert’s future: “A lot of people think this problem is going to go away, and it is only going to get worst unless we do something about it. We are all responsible for this, and we need to do something about it. ”

For more information on the Solutions Summit, you can visit the event page for it here: http://oms.sbcss.k12.ca.us/eventdetail.php?id=55104, or you can give a call to the Alliance for Education at (760) 386-2636.

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