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Antonia Gutierrez

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Latinos in Action thought it would be a good idea to have another class period for LIA, since a lot of students have been rejected due to the fact that class space is limited. This past year, more than 50 applicants were turned down. If LIA was able to get that extra period, LIA would be twice as big as it is now.

Latinos in Action advisor, Beverly Marshall, officially talked to the school board about having another period for Latinos in Action. At the end of the month of November, Marshall met up with Jose Enriquez, founder of LIA, and his secretary, Britany Davis, to talk about the topic. Ex advisor, Laura Carlisle, and superintendent, Dale Layne were part of that meeting too.

Marshall’s main appeal was that Latinos in Action should be given another class period so more students can join. She suggested that a new English teacher should be hired to relieve her of teaching responsibilities so that she could focus more on being LIA’s advisor. She also suggested giving up her preparation hour and having that turned into LIA’s second period.

“The meeting went well. I still don’t have an official answer though. We are looking into the possibility of adding another period to LIA, since it’s a huge need. Right now, though, I’m not sure if this will be a reality for next semester,” said Marshall.

Funding was another topic of the meeting. If Latinos in Action does get an extra class period, LIA would need help to pay for the cost to the Utah Conference. Not only for the Utah Conference, but also for supplies needed during fundraisers and volunteer work.

Having another class period would benefit both the class and the community. Jerome High School is the only school in the state that has the Latinos in Action program. With more members, LIA would be able to have more volunteers at more places. Latinos in Action is all about serving the community in every way possible. LIA has been able to volunteer at many places, not only in Jerome, but also in Twin Falls.

Vice president, Fatima Mariscal, believes that the school board will eventually say yes. The process isn’t a fast process. Counselors will have to work harder to be able to fit students into the correct classes and Marshall will have to work hard too to be able to advise more than one period of LIA.

Latinos in Action has already received 29 new applications. More are said to be turned in. Right now the class consists of 34 members. As of right now, it is not official that LIA will get an extra period. It might not be until next year that a decision is made. If that’s the case, all those who have applied will be considered for Latinos in Action next year.

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