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Galt Joint Union High School District may land on financial watch list

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Posted: Thursday, March 24, 2011 6:25 am | Updated: 6:51 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

Because of ongoing financial issues, Galt Joint Union High School District could be placed on the state’s fiscal warning list this summer, David Gordon, county superintendent of schools, told the Sacramento Bee.

The news comes as the state released its watch list Monday.

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  • Doug Chaney posted at 9:15 am on Fri, Mar 25, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    With the new census count out, both Galt and Lodi should be more representative in the number of ethnic minorities when it comes to government, city staff and jobs and all committees, with Galt being an ethnic minority city and Lodi not far behind.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 9:12 am on Fri, Mar 25, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    That's just where I was going with that question. Thanks for a candid opinion. The elections you refer to as far as keeping those 3 controlling votes is the same method used by the controllers in Lodi to keep those same 3 controlling votes on their city council, Hansen, Johnson and Katzakian. Weren't it for Mr. Nakanishi having name recognition and enough campaign funds to mount a good campaign, Lodi could have 4 amigos instead of 3.

  • Patrick W Maple posted at 5:29 pm on Thu, Mar 24, 2011.

    Pat Maple Posts: 1805

    I agree, but I would go one step further...combine all of the small feeder districts under one Board and save about $2M in funding. People have on several occasions tried to get a movement to join the two local school districts but have been unsuccessful for various reasons. One being that the Ag Dept manages to get 3 people elected to the HS Board each cycle by spend $20K or so dollars in campaign funding and manpower. The are a force to be reckoned with. They do not want anyone messing up their good thing. When there was a non-partisan Board, the students excelled...and we were NOT on the verge of being taken over by the state!

  • Doug Chaney posted at 3:54 pm on Thu, Mar 24, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Mr. Maple, why does Galt have both an elementary and high school district? What is the advantage besides more administration, staff and large salaries and benefits for two sets of administrators, staff, etc?

  • Patrick W Maple posted at 3:23 pm on Thu, Mar 24, 2011.

    Pat Maple Posts: 1805

    This is exactly what we (myself and many others) have been harping about for the past 5 years! Clowns running a circus. Some people don't like me...heck, sometimes I don't even like myself, but I have chronicled the downfall of the Galt High School District for the past 5 years and despite the warning, here we are! Galt will soon be taken over by the State and if you think austere applies to the classes now...just wait. Art Oelsner and Diane Kitamura should either immediately resign or be recalled. Enough is enough! Just wait until the test scores come out !!!



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