Focus on Education (12-27-13)

local@modbee.comDecember 26, 2013 

MEETINGS TO LOOK AT BY-AREA TRUSTEES

The Stanislaus County Committee on School District Organization will hold public hearings Jan. 7 on Riverbank Unified and Stanislaus Union school districts’ proposals to adopt by-area trustee elections. Both proposals are in response to a letter from the Latino Community Roundtable last year warning that districts are at risk of expensive lawsuits if they do not switch from at-large elections, in which the entire district votes on all trustee seats, to by-area elections that divide the district into smaller areas, which are believed to make it easier for minority candidates to be elected.

The Riverbank hearing will be at 4:45 p.m. in the district boardroom, 6715 Seventh St. The proposed split would put roughly 90 percent of the district’s acreage in one area, then divide its city portion into four sections: north of Highway 108 and east of Second Street; east of the railroad and north of Pocket Avenue; Terminal Avenue to Claus Road; and a squiggly section filling what’s left.

The Stanislaus Union hearing will be at 5:45 p.m. at the Stanislaus Union district office, Building C rooms 11 and 13, 2410 Janna Ave., Modesto. The proposed split would create one large area north of Bangs Avenue, including Stanislaus Elementary, and four smaller sections: the Chrysler Elementary area; Prescott Junior High spreading northeast; Standiford Avenue south, including Eisenhut Elementary; and the Agnes Baptist Elementary area north to Bangs.

GEOGRAPHY BEE PLANNED IN CERES

The Whitmore Charter School of Art and Technology will hold a National Geographic School Geography Bee from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 10 at the school, 3435 Don Pedro Road, Ceres. Contestants will compete for the state geography bee. “This is a high-energy event for 10 of our ‘Geo-athletes,’ ” said social studies teacher Matt Hutsell.

SYLVAN UNION TO HOLD RETREAT

The Sylvan Union School District board will hold a governance retreat at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 7 at 4101 Dynasty Lane. Those with accessibility needs are asked to contact the superintendent’s office in advance at (209) 574-5000, ext. 202. No action items are scheduled.

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