|Promises made, Promises Broken, (PMPB) has as it’s primary mission to raise awareness of the promises made by the College of the Desert Board of Trustees to provide education and training to high school graduates in our communities. We are delighted that a candidate that believes in our goals was elected to the COD Board of Trustees.
Dr. Joel Kinnamon, former President of COD ran on a campaign “Getting COD Back on Track” and his promise to provide accountability, transparency and fiscal responsibility.
“I appreciate the support of the voters who understand the importance of this wonderful educational institution and its significance of educating and training our students for career paths that improve their lives as well as serving the needs of the entire Coachella Valley,” Kinnamon said in a prepared statement. “I pledge to work with my fellow board members to get COD back on track. In order to do so, we must first examine a multitude of factors, using an external forensics auditor, to determine what caused COD to pause or cancel commitments towards building promised educational facilities throughout the valley, caused a reduction in the number of onsite class offerings resulting in lower enrollments, caused faculty and staff morale to plummet, and caused the City of Palm Springs to file a lawsuit against COD for a lack of transparency to public records requests.” Source: Uken Report:
A ceremonial swearing-in will take place at the first regularly scheduled board meeting on Friday, Dec. 16 starting at 9:30 am.
As Dr. Kinnamon seeks to get the Board of Trustees back on track and treat the West side of the Coachella Valley fairly, PMPB will continue through its awareness campaigns to demand transparency and accountability from the entire Board of Trustees and Dr. Martha Garcia, Superintendent/President, College of the Desert.
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