The bell rings. Johansen High teens amble out of Debbie Sessa’s French class as she calls out instructions and reminders. “It’s not what you teach them, it’s that you show them you care. It’s good, at the beginning and end of class, to check in,” said Sessa, the newly named California League of High Schools 2015 Teacher of the Year.

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Rick Ferroni calls it his “nightmare on Elm Street” – a Salida lot filled with junk, a homeless man camped behind the home, abandoned vehicles on the street and front yards cluttered with old appliances. He complains that Stanislaus County is not doing enough to require other property owners to comply with codes.


Sheriff dropped from lawsuit over locksmith’s death

Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson no longer is a defendant in a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by survivors of a locksmith killed alongside a deputy sheriff in 2012. But others in Christianson’s department remain on the hook, with a trial scheduled for August.


Turlock schools address dual-language program overcrowding

Faced with a dual-language program that’s bursting at the seams, Turlock Unified School District trustees took steps to start a sister program at a second campus and move its sixth-grade class to a middle school. The board also decided to boost the pay of Superintendent Sonny Da Marto, who announced he will retire June 30.

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