Modesto City Schools will move ahead with forming an eight-member security team by fall to patrol its high schools and see that its junior high students get home safely. The proposal passed with a unanimous vote of the Modesto City Schools board Tuesday night.
Students and their parents are invited to attend a free workshop Thursday evening at Modesto High School, where they can learn about scholarships, college loans and federal programs designed to protect undocumented immigrants avoid deportation.
“Dancing Scientist” Jeffrey Vinokur, of daytime talk-show fame, gives a science lesson with “wow” factor to Franklin Elementary School students for the last of four shows highlighting whiz-bang chemical reactions in Modesto.
The future looks bright for urban farming, full of skyscrapers laden with veggies and smog-free renewable energy. Such options sit just a tantalizing moment away for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade Future City planners competing at the Northern California championship Saturday at California State University, Stanislaus.
At a special meeting Thursday night, the Denair Unified School District board is expected to hire Storer Transportation Services of Modesto on a full-time basis to supply its bus drivers. Storer has been doing the job on an emergency basis since the first of the year.
The Modesto City Schools board will weigh in on plans for a school security team Tuesday. Staff is recommending hiring eight guards and arming them with handcuffs, batons and pepper spray, but not guns, to serve its high schools.
Most professions have insider lingo which, like a secret handshake, makes users part of the club. Education, however, elevates lingo to an art form, and all the financial and instructional reforms in recent years seem to have heightened its use.
Modesto’s schools have millions more to spend this year. Modesto’s police struggle on with essentially flat local funding. The lopsided taxpayer input stands out vividly in cases of school security, with patrol needs pulling school resource officers away from campuses.