Focus on Education (7/1/13)

June 30, 2013 

PATTERSON TO MEET: The Patterson Joint Unified School District board will meet at 7 p.m. today at the district office, 510 Keystone Blvd., Patterson. The board could vote on contracts with its teachers and support staff unions, and salary agreements with its nonunion staff. Trustees will consider contracts to design and build a career technical education building at Patterson High School and buy Building A in the Keystone Business Park. The board may vote on an increase in school lunch prices and hear a presentation on solar energy by Chevron Energy Systems. See the full agenda at

RIPON TO MEET: The Ripon Unified School District board will meet at 5 p.m. today in the district office conference room, 304 North Acacia Ave., Ripon. In a closed-door session, trustees will discuss negotiations and appointment of a principal for the continuation school. An open board workshop will follow. See the agenda at

TUTORS NEEDED: The Stanislaus Literacy Center is seeking more volunteers to match with 40 students on a waiting list for a tutor. Tutors help students seeking to master basic skills for jobs, to help their children with homework and to improve their own life skills. There will be an orientation from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 10 at the ReadingWorks Learning Center, 1032 11th St., and tutor training from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 13. There is a $10 cost for training materials, which can be waived if requested. Tutors are asked to meet at least 90 minutes twice a week in a public location. The literacy center has helped more than 1,400 adults and 127 children in the past year. To sign up for training, call (209) 558-4505. For more information, go to

SIFA WILL NOT MEET: The July 10 meeting of the Schools Infrastructure Financing Agency Board was canceled for lack of business or actions required. It is expected that the board will meet Aug. 14. For more information, call Becky Meredith, secretary to the board, at (209) 576-4032, or Yvonne Perez, clerk of the board, at (209) 574-5000, ext. 233.

KIDS GET BOOKS: Some 2,500 children from low-income families in Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties received new books to read over the summer, provided by the nonprofit First Book, C&S Wholesale Grocers, and the Second Harvest Food Bank of San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties.

RETIREES CELEBRATE CENTURY: The California State Teachers Retirement System held a 100th year anniversary celebration last month at its Sacramento headquarters. Jack Ehnes, CalSTRS chief executive officer, introduced four attendees who are more than 100 years of age, as well as 25 educators of 50 years or more, including Elizabeth Essa of Modesto. A video gave the history of CalSTRS, 1913-2013.

HART-RANSOM HOME-SCHOOL ORIENTATION: Hart-Ransom Academic Charter School will hold an orientation for transitional kindergarten through eighth grade at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 13 at 3920 Shoemake Ave. Learn home-schooling basics, how to differentiate learning to meet your child's needs, and how common core will enrich learning. Come explore enrollment opportunities for the 2013-14 school year. For more information, call (209) 523-0401 or go to

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