Focus on Education (02/17/14)

February 16, 2014 


Modesto City Schools will hold Local Control and Accountability Plan Community Workshops, seeking public input on budget priorities, on Tuesday and Thursday . All will provide Spanish translation. The Roosevelt Junior High School meeting will have Arabic translation as well. The Tuesday sessions will be 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hanshaw Middle School cafeteria, 1725 Las Vegas St., and La Loma Junior High School cafeteria, 1800 Encina Ave. The Thursday sessions will be 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Mark Twain Junior High School cafeteria, 707 Emerald Ave., and Roosevelt cafeteria, 1330 College Ave. Under the state’s new Local Control Funding Formula, Modesto City Schools is required to prepare an accountability plan. For more information, or to respond to a funding priorities survey, go to


The Salida Union School District board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the boardroom, 5250 Tamara Way, Salida. The board will vote on teacher layoffs, but the agenda gives no further details. See the agenda at


The Manteca Unified School District board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the district board room, 2271 W. Louise Ave., Manteca. Trustees will discuss and vote on the District Master Facilities Plan and vote on a number of facilities contracts, including an agreement with Vanden Bos Electric Inc. for the Going Digital infrastructure project.


Computer Tutor Business and Technical Institute has a grant from the state to fund job training and job placement for unemployed and underemployed people of Stanislaus County who meet eligibility and admission requirements. There is no cost to the trainee. Participants earn a certificate to be a medical clerk, account clerk or administrative assistant after three months of training and receive job placement assistance. The program has 24 spots available. Courses run 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday at 4306 Sisk Road. For more, or to apply, call the Computer Tutor admissions office at (209) 545-5200.


The Modesto Area Partners in Science will offer a presentation titled “Chaos Theory” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28 in Sierra Hall 132 on the Modesto Junior College West Campus, Blue Gum Avenue. Kevin Mitchell, associate professor of physics from UC Merced, will offer insights on our predictably unpredictable and chaotic world, from the motion of planets to the motion of atoms. He will try to answer the question: Will scientific progress give humanity the tools to better predict future developments? Chaos theory, a branch of physics, says there’s a limit to how much can ever be predicted. The event is open to the public, and admission and campus parking are free. For more, contact MJC professor Noah Hughes at (209) 575-6800 or email


The Ceres Unifed School District board will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday for study sessions on community budget feedback and long-term debt in the district boardroom, 2503 Lawrence St., Ceres. A regular meeting will follow at 7 p.m. Trustees will vote on adding an administrative position of coordinator of student support services and eliminating three currently empty administrative positions. See the agenda at

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