Adopting new high school graduation requirements is among the items on tonight's Lodi Unified School District board of trustees agenda. If approved, the revised policy will mainly affect students with disabilities.
School board members are also scheduled to hear an annual report on Measure K, the school bond measure passed in 2002. The independent oversight committee will present its concerns regarding the voter-approved funding.
Tonight's meeting begins at 7 in the James Areida Education Support Center, 1305 E. Vine Street.
Lodi City Council to debate banning pot shops
On Wednesday, the Lodi City Council will once again debate whether to temporarily ban medical marijuana outlets from opening in Lodi.
In May 2008, the city temporarily banned anyone from opening or operating a dispensary to give staff more time to research the possible effects of the shops in Lodi. That ban is set to expire on April 14.
The staff will ask the council Wednesday to extend the ban until April 2011. The ban requires support from four of the five council members.
In a staff report, Deputy City Attorney Janice D. Magdich recommends the extension because of several pending court cases focused on the regulation of medicinal marijuana dispensaries.
She mentioned one particular case of the Qualified Patients Association v. the City of Anaheim. The case is before the Court of Appeals in the 4th District, and the court is expected to rule on it in the next few months. Magdich wrote that the ruling could change how cities can regulate medical marijuana dispensaries.
The original ban in May 2008 was considered after the city received three inquiries in March 2008 about opening a medical marijuana outlet in Lodi.
County superintendent hopeful holds reception
County Superintendent of Schools hopeful Mick Founts is holding a reception later this month. He is currently the deputy superintendent of the San Joaquin County Office of Education and is running to replace Fredrick Wentworth who announced his retirement last year.
The reception will be held at a private residence in Morada from 4-6 p.m. on Feb. 20. RSVP to (915) 3772 by Feb. 15.
For more information, visit the candidate's Web site at www.MickFounts4schools.org. The last day to file nomination papers for the elected position is March 12. The election is June 8.