Puente Project gets support at board of trustee meeting


The Puente Project, which helps students prepare for success by focusing on three academic aspects, English instruction, counseling, and mentoring, was the highlight of the board of trustees meeting Monday.

Margaret Quinones-Perez, co-coordinator of the program was there to provide information about the program going into hiatus for a year.

The program is going into hiatus for a year due to not having an instructor and counselor who do not have the specialized training.

“The Puente State office didn’t do its homework. They knew there was not an instructor ready and they could have found someone but instead decided to go into hiatus,” Quinones-Perez said. “How could they close down a program that so positively affects students? It’s not fair for them.”

Some of the students who have been part of the program decided to organize another club that will be named “Latinos Unidos.” The goal of this program is to keep the unity that was gained in the Puente Project alive.

During the meeting, the final budget for the 2014-15 school year was also adopted.

The next board of trustees meeting will be Oct. 20 at 4 p.m. in the Administration Building.