HART-RANSOM TO MEET: The Hart-Ransom Union School District board will meet at 6 p.m. today in the district boardroom, 3930 Shoemake Ave. Trustees will hear a budget update and a presentation on common core. See the agenda at http://bit.ly/HartRansom.
KNIGHTS FERRY TO MEET: The Knights Ferry School District board will meet at 6:30 p.m. today in the Knights Ferry Elementary cafeteria, 12726 Dent St. Trustees will vote on offering a golden handshake to teachers equal to half a year's salary, or two years of retirement credit or credit toward health benefits. Trustees also will discuss a budget update. See the agenda at www.knightsferry.k12.ca.us.
STANISLAUS UNION TO MEET: The Stanislaus Union School District board will meet at 7 p.m. today in Room 11 of the district office, 2410 Janna Ave., Modesto. Trustees will weigh commissioning a study on a switch to by-area trustee elections, hear a budget update and discuss construction projects. See the agenda at http://bit.ly/StanislausUnion.
WATERFORD TO MEET: The Waterford Unified School District board will meet at 7 p.m. today in the district boardroom, 319 N. Reinway Ave. The board will consider laying off one kindergarten teacher. Trustees will hear preschool and district budget updates and consider changes to student discipline policies. See the agenda at http://bit.ly/WaterfordBoard.
ACADEMIC PENTATHLON: More than 270 Merced County middle school students will compete in the Academic Pentathlon on Saturday at Golden Valley High School in Merced. Teams will compete in five tests to demonstrate their knowledge in literature, math, science and social science written tests. The relay-style Super Quiz kicks off at 1 p.m. in the gym. The awards ceremony will be at 7 p.m. March 20 in the gym. For more, call Valerie LeDuc at (209) 381-5910.
SPOTLIGHTS ON READING: The Spotlights on Reading event will be April 13 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1528 Oakdale Road. Funds raised will benefit the Stanislaus Literacy Center, a nonprofit organization that provides free education for adults in literacy, GED preparation and English. A matinee comedy performance of two one-act plays will be at 1 p.m.; cost is $10. A dinner theater will be at 6 p.m.; cost is $30. A silent auction will include a football signed by 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, artwork and vacations. For tickets, call (209) 522-0656 or visit www.readingworks.net/events.html.