California Superintendent Tom Torlakson visits the North State

Dec 5, 2014 1:22 PM by News Staff

Tom Torlakson, the state superintendent of public schools was in Willows Thursday to learn more about the needs of rural school districts.

Torlakson spent time at schools in Sutter, Colusa and Glenn counties. In Willows he visited the Intermediate School where he enjoyed music from the Willows High School Band. He also spent time at Lake Elementary and Orland High School.

Torlakson told Action News Now, schools in rural areas have a lot of unique needs that must be addressed.

Lake Elementary School Principal said it was amazing to have the states top educator in the area, "the six million kids that he oversees, he sees them in real life and it makes a difference and it made an impact. When he left he told me it was an impactful experience to be in the cafeteria with all of our kids", she said.

Lake View Elementary is one of many North State Schools in need of upgraded facilities, According to Baker, the school has to many portables, and while plans for new buildings have been approved, there is no money to build them.


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