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Tulare County schools graduate students at higher rate than state

Tulare had highest district wide graduation rate in 2017; Strathmore schools graduated the highest percent of students By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN TULARE COUNTY – Local high schools are graduating students at a higher rate than the state average.  Tulare County’s four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate was 88.7% for the 2016-17 school year, higher than the statewide […]

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Visalia Unified School District OKs second raise for employees

State pays district more than budget, Visalia Unified board ups 3% raise in May to 3.7% for all employees By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – Visalia Unified employees will get a pleasant surprise in their paychecks this year.  On July 24, the Visalia Unified School District (VUSD) Board approved a 0.7% raise for classified staff, teachers […]

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Exeter Hobbies teaches about the uses of drones in agriculture Aug. 10 at the Exeter Branch Library

@TheSunGazette EXETER – Drones are still new in terms of pretty much everything. Their uses range from aerial photography to policing perimeters. But they can also be used to spray crops, check trees, and monitor acres of land so farmers don’t have to. And this week is the opportunity to learn about drones and all […]

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Strathmore’s $3.5M project includes upgrades to the elementary and middle schools, and the district office

By Patrick Dillon @PDillon_SGN STRATHMORE – A multi-million dollar face lift for Strathmore Union Elementary School District (SUESD) is underway. The project 12 years in the making will bring renovations and upgrades to the elementary and middle school campus as well as the district office. Strathmore Elementary will undergo a $3.5 million modernization project. In 2006 […]

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Woodlake Unified, Woodlake Police Dept. to begin Juvenile Diversion Program for first-time offenders

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN WOODLAKE – What is the best way to prevent crime? Local school districts and police departments think it’s by catching criminals … before they are criminals. Woodlake Unified School District became the second school district in Tulare County to implement a Juvenile Diversion Program (JDP) last month when the school board unanimously […]

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Marcus Meza, Dominique Franco and Brooke Rouch are the first three recipients of the Fanklin Dow Ross Memorial Scholarship Foundation

@TheSunGazette EXETER— The day after Franklin Ross passed away a year ago, his family gathered at his Exeter house. Kelly Rider, two of her siblings and their mother, Sue Ross, sat around the family’s dining room table. Fatigued from the long hours at the hospital the day before the four of them continued to lay […]

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Woodlake native Kaitly Carrasco earns honor roll from University of Oklahoma, Norman

NORMAN, OKLA. – Going away to college can be a scary time in life, but for some they thrive. At least that was case for Kaitly Maria Carrasco. The Woodlake native earned a 2018 Deans Honor Roll spot from University of Oklahoma, Norman. Students from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., as well as 78 countries […]

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VUSD lowers price tag of bond measure

Visalia Unified school board gets first look at ballot language for possible $109 million bond measure to build a fifth high school By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – Visalia Unified took another step closer to placing a nine-figure bond measure on the November ballot, and it will cost less than original estimates.  The Visalia Unified School […]

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Woodlake Graduation: Gabriela Aguilar and Jacob Canizalez receive the first Youth Service Learning award

By Patrick Dillon @PDillon_SGN WOODLAKE – Since 1992 Woodlake High School has provided their students with a different style of learning known as Youth Service Learning (YSL). The program was the creation of Woodlake High School’s counselors Sally Pace, and Dennis Conner, and provides students with the chance to connect with the community, develop civic pride, […]

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Twelve non-profits serving youth received $5,000 or $10,000 grants from Youth Commission

@TheSunGazette TULARE COUNTY – A dozen non-profits whose mission is to improve the quality of life for Tulare County youth received a total of $100,000 from the board of supervisors last week. The organizations awarded funding were: Family Services of Tulare County, $10,000; Pesticide Action Network of North America for the El Quinto Sol de […]

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