Later this year, Hesperia residents will be able to enroll in "Citizen Academy" classes to teach them how their city works, taught by the people who run it.


"A lot of cities have these. I don't know if any cities up in the High Desert have them," Kim Summers, the assistant to the city manager, said Wednesday.


The eight weeks of classes will likely begin in August.


"There are a lot of people with interest in how we're spending our money and why we're spending it the way we do," said Summers. "This is an opportunity to educate them and have them kind of be partners with us."


The people who actually run the Victor Valley's second-largest city on a daily basis will teach the classes.


"Senior staff will be making presentations on their areas," said Summers. "About halfway through, there's a longer session over at public works that will involve some demonstrations."


City officials hope to see the graduates from each year's classes reappearing whenever the city looks for volunteers and committee members.


"This will give us a pool of people to draw from," said Summers.


The free Citizen Academy classes will be offered to 20 to 25 residents later this year. The city will announce sign-ups in June or July with ads in local newspapers and on their website, CityofHesperia.us.


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