“Dr. Al Mijares has stepped into his new role as Orange County’s new Superintendent of Schools. On Wednesday, Marian Bergeson, retired California legislator and former California secretary of education, administered the oath of office to Dr. Mijares, who was selected by the Orange County Board of Education,” according to OC Metro Magazine.
I emailed Dr. Mijares today and asked him to please consider adding a translator tool to the O.C. Department of Education’s website. His predecessor, Bill Habermehl, blew me off when I made the same suggestion to him. But Mijares came through!
He sent me this email response today, from his iPad:
Thanks for your well-wishes. I appreciate the insights you’ve provided in your email. It is essential that the public have access to our webpage and I am sensitive to the needs of our multilingual constituency. I will definitely discuss this matter with our staff and do appreciate your help.
I am impressed and delighted that Dr. Mijares is taking this seriously. I wish him the best as he takes over for Habermehl.
It should be noted that the O.C. Dept. of Education can use a free Google translator widget to make their website available in some 90 languages, at no cost.
Read more about Dr. Mijares and his mission here.