Focus on Education (04/14/14)

April 13, 2014 

DENAIR UNIFIED BOARD TO MEET

The Denair Unified School District board will meet at 8 a.m. today for a board team building, review of governance protocols and review-revision of the 2014-15 strategic plan and evaluation. Trustees will meet in the district boardroom, 3460 Lester Road, Denair. Find exhibits and agenda at www.bit.ly/DenairUnified.

MODESTO CITY SCHOOLS TO MEET

The Modesto City Schools board will hold a closed-door session for a regularly scheduled evaluation of Superintendent Pam Able from 4 to 8 p.m. today in the district staff development center, 425 Locust St. There is no open session scheduled. See the agenda at http://bit.ly/MCSmeetings.

SYLVAN UNION BOARD TO MEET

The Sylvan Union School District board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the district boardroom, 605 Sylvan Ave., Modesto. Trustees will consider finalizing the layoffs of 38 teachers from special programs that lost funding who are not protesting the action. The board will also weigh laying off eight instructional aides and parts of two other support jobs. Trustees will also get facilities, bond committee and budget updates, and information on a revised oversight agreement with Aspire University Charter School. See the agenda at http://bit.ly/SylvanBoard.

TURLOCK UNIFIED BOARD TO MEET

The Turlock Unified School District board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Professional Development Center, 1100 Cahill Ave., Turlock. Trustees will consider the district’s spending plans for Proposition 30 funds for 2014-15 and discuss next year’s budget. The board will hold public hearings on opening proposals for and from its bargaining units and discuss its priorities for capital improvements in the future. See the agenda at http://bit.ly/TurlockBoard.

HUGHSON UNIFIED BOARD TO MEET

The Hughson Unified School District board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the district office, 6815 Hughson Ave. The board will consider entering into a school resource officer cost-sharing agreement. Trustees will discuss public input on the budget plan for next year. See the agenda at www.bit.ly/HughsonUnified.

SALIDA UNIFIED BOARD TO MEET

The Salida Union School District board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the boardroom, 5250 Tamara Way, Salida. Trustees will consider implementation of a previously announced teacher layoff. The board is expected to appoint a Sisk Elementary School principal for 2014-15. See the agenda at www.tinyurl.com/SalidaBoard.

PATTERSON PROJECT PAYS OFF

A city-business collaboration to reduce energy use has saved Patterson residents $68,142 in home utility bills since April 2013, according to Chevron Energy Solutions and WattzOn. The Capacity Project, a joint effort with the city of Patterson, trained 17 local high school students as paid “energy ambassadors” and offered energy consultations in multiple languages for community members.

HIGH SCHOOL GARDEN SEEKS VOTES

Valley Charter High School students are hungry for nutritious, organic salad ingredients and a lush, green outdoor cafe. So starts their application to the Seeds of Change Grant Program, which is taking online votes (one per day) through April 21 to select the winner. Valley Charter, adjacent to Modesto Junior College, has meals trucked in daily since the campus does not have cooking facilities. But with a garden, students could have a salad bar alternative to the current pizza and sandwiches. There is a fenced picnic area with a water source. The grant would help provide seeds, soil, a watering system, planter boxes, a vermicomposting bin, hand tools and training. Parent volunteers, a staff member with a botany degree, and a chef are ready to help. Vote at www.seedsofchangegrant.com.

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