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Posted: Tuesday, February 3, 2009 10:00 pm

Despite plans otherwise, Clements Elementary School will remain open next school year for kindergarten and first-graders.

In a cost-savings measure, the Lodi Unified school board was expected to close the campus and bus its students to Lockeford beginning this fall, but at least one speaker convinced trustees that the plan did not make sense financially.

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  • posted at 5:00 am on Thu, Feb 5, 2009.


    and by the way "oldguy" We would come up with $54k next year if we needed to. Or we will put the money up to expand Lockeford school the correct way to incorporate the students in a way that benefits our way of life. But it is already our tax money they have...and we probably pay a lot more taxes on our "country" property,and on our farming, ranching, and businesses per acre out here than most other schools in the district, I am sure we pay for our schools and for most of yours in town to with our annual tax contributions. I love equitable redistribution of wealth...so we can work our @$$ off for 100s of years to pay for a city full of complainers that find it easier to complain on blogs like this than to get up and actually make a contribution.

  • posted at 4:49 am on Thu, Feb 5, 2009.


    Well, part of the difference of our "country" school is that we are comprised almost 100% of property tax paying and income-tax paying property owners, not too many non-income earning tax leaches in our "country" area. this gives us a lot of incentive to protect our own, since it truely is OUR tax dollars they are spending. And we support our OWN children morally and financially. The fact that we stick together, and are smart about how we defend our way of life goes without saying, we dont depend on the government...we shape it...its called the ORIGINAL AMERICAN WAY...not the new Liberal Socialistic Goverment-Dependant mentality.

  • posted at 6:18 pm on Wed, Feb 4, 2009.


    Great. The parents came up with the $4000 for the first year. Will they come up with the $54,000 next year and the year after that. The trustees can't seem to see beyond the end of their nose. If the district is in the extremis they say they are in they better start making some hard decisions NOW. When are all these Ass't Superintendents going to leave. Every dollar spent today is not available tomorrow.

  • posted at 2:22 pm on Wed, Feb 4, 2009.


    shockedinlodi, great post.

  • posted at 2:21 pm on Wed, Feb 4, 2009.


    Why thank you, Gator.

  • posted at 1:21 pm on Wed, Feb 4, 2009.


    Actually at the first meeting they had the numbers. When they were questioned about it only being $4000 they kept saying that is only the first year. The parents beat them fair and square. I think the Superintendent had no clue that the parents would come together and present the case before the school board. I think she thought she had this in the bag and did not give it a second thought. I am proud of the parents at Clements. They came together and stuck together wanting the best for their children. I hope this shows all parents that the LUSD can be fought and you can win if you go in with the informaiton you need. They did it correctly they focused on the money issue and did not beat up any other schools or allow the focus to go into the negative. They showed class and smarts. Parents of Clements deserve a hand.

  • posted at 12:54 pm on Wed, Feb 4, 2009.


    It does seem strange that the higher-ups didn't work out the numbers before they decided to close Clements School.

  • posted at 11:24 am on Wed, Feb 4, 2009.


    I do agree with Flowerchild in this case of only K-1st graders.BUT, why couldn't the layers of Educrats figure out that same $4K savings?Because the right hand does not know what the left hand is doing.

  • posted at 11:04 am on Wed, Feb 4, 2009.


    Bloody good show "SAM"!!!

  • posted at 9:43 am on Wed, Feb 4, 2009.


    I love it when parents come together and "fight" the system. Well done. Country schools are priceless. Enjoy these early years... they are so important... and your babes grow so fast.

  • posted at 6:44 am on Wed, Feb 4, 2009.


    Kindergarten and First Grade only? Close this school. They'll be going to a different school in a couple of years anyhow.



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