Empire Head Start families get fresh, free food

Kids dug into baskets of celery and green onions. Moms picked among bright red tomatoes, brown spuds, oranges, carrots, lettuce and radishes. The fresh, free food went quickly at Tuesday’s kickoff event for a school garden at Empire Head Startl. Inter-Faith Ministries said Empire will get monthly food giveaways.


Waterford teens head to national Rube Goldberg contest

Erasing a chalkboard may be a dying art at high schools, but one campus has taken the task to the max. A machine devised by Waterford High physics students takes 25 steps to clear the board, an absurdly complex and whimsical design heading to the national High School Rube Goldberg Machine Contest.


Stanislaus education pay adjustments bring some big jumps

School administrators are comparing salaries and realizing Stanislaus County pay is on the low side. Their solution: raises. Districts have adjusted management pay schedules to reflect more competitive numbers, with some eye-popping results, including a hefty hike for the county superintendent.


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