ANZA – The Anza Valley Municipal Advisory Council invited the community to attend the Sept. 11 AVMAC meeting to listen to Jeff Franks, Ed.D., principal of Hamilton High School and Mark Delano, principal of Hamilton School K-8.
Franks is in his 16th year with the district and his 13th year as an administrator. He started his educational career in Riverside Unified School District as a life science and physical education teacher. He moved to Diamond Valley Elementary School, when it opened in the 2004-2005 school year as a PE teacher. He became the assistant principal at the school in the 2007-2008 school year and spent three years in this role. Next, he moved to West Valley High School as assistant principal for three more years. His last six years have been as the principal of Acacia Middle School. His family lives in Hemet, and his five children attend Hemet Unified School District schools, ranging from high school to elementary school.
Delano has been in education since 1990 and has taught for over 10 years. He has taught in elementary grades along with teaching classes at Alessandro High School. Other assignments included teacher on special assignment for Riverside County Office of Education with the California Technology Assistance Project and working in the 21st century Afterschool Learning Program now known as the S.A.F.E. program with Hemet Unified School District. He was the assistant principal at Little Lake Elementary School before accepting the principal position at Winchester Elementary School in 2006. He said he was excited to learn more about the TK-8 System and the Hamilton TK-8 philosophy. Delano said he is looking forward to building a strong working relationship with Anza and the surrounding communities and that one of his goals was to always make decisions based on what is best for Hamilton TK-8 students. He said he believes in a schoolwide AVID program of thinking, “College is not a dream, but a plan.” AVID stands for Achievement Via Individual Determination.
The AVMAC is the local council appointed by District 3 Supervisor Chuck Washington. The mission of the Anza Valley Municipal Advisory Council is to advise the county on matters including, but not limited to, public health, safety, welfare, public works and planning which affect Anza, Aguanga and surrounding areas and to assist with creative problem-solving that will help the citizens in the AVMAC spear of influence
For the AVMAC to be effective, it needs to hear from local residents, businesses and stakeholders in the community. In this way problems and concerns can be addressed and the committee can advise the county on creative solutions to problems specific to the Anza area.