Focus on Education (08/08/14)

08/07/2014 7:24 PM

08/07/2014 7:24 PM


The Hughson Unified School District board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the district office, 6815 Hughson Ave., Hughson. Trustees first will meet in closed session to discuss the potential purchase of a Seventh Street property south of Hughson High. Any purchase would have to be a public vote. The board will be asked to approve a number of bylaw updates, hear financial reports and ratify its 2013-14 Common Core spending plan. See the agenda at


Modesto Junior College has openings for preschoolers in the MJC Early Care and Education program on the west campus. The Me-Wuk Child Development Laboratory and Parent Participation Preschool serves 2- to 5-year-olds. Children attend weekdays from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., or Monday through Thursday from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. The cost is $15 per day. A parent is required to volunteer in the classroom and complete a six-hour parenting class through MJC Community Education each semester their child attends. Applications are available at and must be in by Aug. 18 for the next lottery selection. For more, call Sarah Ford at (209) 575-6329.


The Merced County Board of Education appointed Merced resident Christopher S. Chavez, 38, as trustee for Area 2 at its July 28 meeting. Chavez was born and raised in Merced and said his top priorities include seeing youths flourish in their education and find good-paying jobs. “I wanted to give something back,” he said. Chavez co-owns Marie’s Mexican Kitchen in downtown Merced, owns a sporting goods and firearms store called Chavez Firearms 209, and is a local real estate agent. The County Board of Education’s Area 2 is on the east side of Merced County and includes Planada and Le Grand. The former trustee for Area 2, Mary Ellen Chavez, resigned from her position in May after serving nine years on the board.

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