AVMAC to meet with principals of Hamilton schools

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ANZA – The Anza Valley Municipal Advisory Council invites the community to the Sept. 11 AVMAC meeting and hear from Jeff Franks, principal of Hamilton High School, and Mark Delano, principal of Hamilton School K-8. AVMAC meets at 7 p.m. at the Anza Community Hall in Anza on Highway 371.

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 High School, when it opened in the 2004-2005 school year as a PE teacher. He became the assistant principal at Diamond Valley 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 all of his five children attend HUSD schools, ranging from high school to elementary school.

Delano has been in education since 1990 and has taught for over 10 years. He 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 excited to learn more about the TK-8 system and the Hamilton TK-8 School philosophy and looks forward to building a strong working relationship with Anza and the surrounding communities.

In other business, the AVMAC ad hoc committee will give a report on state Highway 371, and Anza Baptist Church will present their project on a cemetery they are proposing to build in Anza.

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. Opal Helweg from the supervisor’s office will report on Riverside County business and give an update to the council members.

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.

The following AVMAC meeting will be held Nov. 13.

Submitted by Anza Valley Municipal Advisory Council.