News & Notes

June 1, 2014 

EMPLOYEE CONTRACTS GO BEFORE MCS BOARD

The Modesto City Schools board will convene at 5 p.m. today for a special meeting to consider contracts for its employee groups. The meeting will be at the Staff Development Center, 425 Locust St. The board will vote on a three-year pact with the Modesto Teachers Association, which would give a 1.5 percent ongoing salary boost and 1.5 percent in extra pay for 2014-15. The deal would cost the district an estimated $10 million more than the previous contract. One-year contracts with the California School Employees Association, representing support staff, and the Modesto City Schools Managers, representing mostly district office workers and principals, will be up for approval. The deal would give a 2 percent ongoing raise and 1 percent for 2014-15, additions that will cost the district $2.5 million for support staff and $1 million for the managers, according to agenda reports.

FREE HOME SAFETY CHECKS FOR SENIORS

Experts at the Modesto Home Instead Senior Care office will offer free in-home safety checks throughout June. Each year, nearly 33 percent of seniors’ trips to the hospital and emergency room are caused by falls and other accidents at home, according to Home Instead. Information also is at www.makinghomesaferforseniors.com, including a free home safety checklist, an online safety assessment and five fixes under $500.

AG BUSINESSES CAN LEARN ABOUT EXPORTS

The California Center for International Trade Development will offer a one-day training seminar in agricultural export marketing on June 10 in Ceres. The session, one of three being held around the San Joaquin Valley, is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is intended for rural agricultural businesses that have been operating for at least one year and have some type of export-ready product. Among the targeted industries are new and used agricultural equipment and technology, irrigation equipment, “green” environmental technology, and agricultural food products. Attendees must register by Friday at www.fresnocitd.org. The $25 cost includes lunch.

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