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Shooting for a ‘Star’

By Nancy Gutierrez Devann McClellan has promised herself that by her birthday, Oct. 16, she will finish the book she is writing. At two pages a night, it seems like a realistic goal. Of coarse her mom said she has to keep her grades up, and then there is volleyball, soccer and softball practice to […]

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School targets problem testers

By Nancy Gutierrez At the start of the spring term a new program will be implemented to help student performance. Exeter Union High School Principal Don Brinkman explained the pilot program to district board members at the meeting last Wednesday. Brinkman said the school will target 100 students who performed below proficient in the STAR […]

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'Youthbuild' homes in Lindsay

By Nancy Gutierrez Congressman Devin Nunes attended a groundbreaking ceremony in Lindsay, Tuesday Jan. 13 for the Youthbuild new homes construction site in Sierra View Estates. Youthbuild , a program administered by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), provides grants to nonprofit organizations to help youth learn housing construction job-skills and complete […]

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Principal donates to teens

By Nancy Gutierrez In November the Teen Zone was burglarized and lost two X-box game systems, along with the controllers and video games. But thanks to the generosity of one of Lindsay Unified School District's Administrators the youths at the Teen Zone didn't spend too much time without the expensive item. Interim Principal at JJ […]

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FUSD chief put on leave after heated meeting

By Nancy Gutierrez After a five-and-a-half hour-long meeting of the Farmersville Unified School District board and 350 disgruntled residents, the school board voted in a closed session to put Superintendent Janet Jones on paid leave pending an investigation. No accusations of criminal activity or misconduct have been released as grounds for the investigation. The board […]

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Queen Bee

By Nancy Gutierrez There are many mnemonics used to help remember spelling rules. 'I' before 'E' except after 'C'. When two vowels go walking the first does the talking. These are rules to live by, or at least spell by and for fifth grader Ryanna Fierro they were rules to win by. Fierro was the […]

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Pugilists of poetry

By Nancy Gutierrez There were approximately 100 students trying out for the Poetry and Prose competition at Rocky Hill Elementary School in December. Students from each grade level chose a piece of literature to recite for the preliminary round. Just 55 students were selected to compete in the Jan. 13 contest. The Rocky Hill finalists […]

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District looks into new gym for Washington

By Nancy Gutierrez A second multi-use facility, on a smaller scale than Garvey Junior High School's multi-use facility, could be built on the Washington Elementary School campus. Director of Construction Maintenance and Operations Del Corley told the Lindsay Unified School District at its Jan 12 meeting that the district has qualified to receive $1 million […]

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Schools in Short Supply

By Nancy Gutierrez The $4 billion schools were looking to claim through voter approved funding mandates was cut in half in an agreement between state educators and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenneger Thursday Jan. 8. Schwarzenegger's budget plan called for an overall increase of $200 in per pupil funding, however educators agreed to cut projected education spending […]

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State provides schools with attendance funds

By Nancy Gutierrez The state is providing a remedy for schools with decreased average daily attendance due to the flu. In November and December cases of influenza were diagnosed in epidemic proportions across the nation. This season brought a new strain that hit children and the elderly hard. Absences in schools increased dramatically. Superintendent of […]

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