Focus on Education (1/13/14)

January 12, 2014 


The Oakdale Unified School District board will meet at 6:30 p.m. today in the Oakdale City Council chambers, 277 N. Second Ave. Meetings are televised over cable Channel 7. Trustees will hear a report on the new state funding formula and plans to include community input in budget planning. The board will vote on an unspecified retirement incentive and contracts with district teachers and support staff. Trustees will also be asked to approve a 2.5 percent raise from current levels and a one-time 2 percent bonus for management, administrative staff and themselves. There will be a first reading of charter school authorization. See the agenda at


The Patterson Joint Unified School District board will meet at 7 p.m. today at the district office, 510 Keystone Blvd. Trustees will get reports on the Where Everybody Belongs program at Creekside Middle School, where seventh- and eighth-graders mentor sixth-graders. Las Palmas will present a self-review. See the full agenda at


The Ripon Unified School District board will meet at 7 p.m. today in the Ripon City Hall council chambers, 259 Wilma Ave. Trustees will hold a public hearing on approving a waiver for 27.5 pupils per teacher at the California Connections @ Ripon Charter School. The board will discuss whether to implement Common Core integrated math. Trustees will hear a $4.1 million proposal for solar projects from Chevron, to be paid with savings from the district’s $313,000 annual electricity bill. There will be an update on the makeover of Weston Elementary. See the agenda at


The Stanislaus County Board of Education will meet at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Stanislaus County Office of Education boardroom, 1100 H St. Trustees will recognize employees and be asked to approve the 2012-13 audit and school report cards for its alternative and special-education sites. See the agenda at


Valley Charter High School will have an open house 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the school, 108 Campus Way, Modesto. Parents and prospective students can meet teachers and current students to learn more about the programs offered in collaboration with Modesto Junior College and how to enroll. A robotics league match will be running during the open house, showcasing robotics opportunities for younger siblings. There are a few openings in grades nine through 11 for spring semester in classroom-based and independent-learning programs. Application packets are available in the VCHS office or on the website at At the open house, VCHS will distribute preregistration information to new students entering for the 2014-15 school year. For more information, call (209) 238-6800.


The Hughson Unified School District board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the district office, 6815 Hughson Ave. The board will discuss energy saving proposals, Common Core and switching to paperless board meetings. Trustees will be asked to approve $177,330 for site work to replace a Ross Elementary relocatable building. See the agenda at


The Riverbank Unified School District board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the district boardroom, 6715 Seventh St. Trustees will discuss final 2012-13 numbers and annual audit and go over the state funding formula requirements for community participation in budgeting. In a closed-door meeting, trustees will discuss negotiations for a property at Central and California avenues. See the full agenda at


The Sylvan Union School District board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the district boardroom, 605 Sylvan Ave., Modesto. Trustees will go over purchasing guidelines and Proposition 39 funding for energy-saving improvements. The board will be asked to approve the 2012-13 audit and school report cards. See the full agenda at


The Tuolumne County Board of Education will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday in Room 217 of the county office, 175 S. Fairview Lane, Sonora. The board will consider whether to continue hosting the annual school board dinner on April 22. Trustees will be asked to approve county office school report cards and a plan to implement Common Core. See the agenda at


The Modesto City Schools Special Education Community Advisory Committee and the Family Resource Network will present a free parent training on financial and estate-planning issues for families of children with special needs. The training is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the district office, 425 Locust St., in the staff development center. It is open to the public, and Spanish translation will be provided. Merrill Lynch will provide information on financial planning, protecting government benefits, conservatorship and personal estate planning. For more information, call (209) 575-8592.


St. Stanislaus Catholic School will commemorate Catholic Schools Week on Jan. 26-31, with an alumni Mass at 10 a.m. Jan. 26. A staff and student appreciation day will be Jan. 30, with an 8:30 a.m. Mass. Families considering a Catholic education are welcome. For more information, call the school at (209) 524-9036.

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