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Posted: Wednesday, December 10, 2008 10:00 pm

At its regular meeting Tuesday, the Galt Joint Union High School District board of trustees tabled until the January meeting a decision on creating an open enrollment policy between Galt High School and the new Liberty Ranch High School opening in the fall.

Additionally, the board sworein new trustees Diann Kitamura, Dennis Richardson and Kathleen Amos, all elected last month. Terry Parker-Owning was chosen board president by her peers.

In other action, board members:

  • Heard a report on student achievement at Galt High School and what is being done to improve standardized test figures.
  • Approved joining with a school district in Tracy to buy furniture for the new high school, thus saving hundreds of thousands of dollars in bidding costs.

Tom Flinn named state 'Engineer of the Year'

Tom Flinn, San Joaquin County's public works director since 2001, has been named "Engineer of the Year" by the County Engineers Association of California.

Flinn, who lives in Lockeford, has worked for the county the past 20 years. He oversees a department with 23 divisions. His responsibilities include the county's 1,680-plus mile roadway network, three solid waste disposal centers and maintenance of 300 miles of levees and channels.

Flinn is also active in the Delta Vision Blue Ribbon Task Force's stakeholders' group, which is developing a plan for the Delta.

McNerney named to energy committee

Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, has been named to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. The committee focuses on many issues, including health care and consumer affairs.

"I'm anxious to delve into some of the committee's issues, including the development of a new national energy policy that focuses on the use and production of renewable energy and addressing the need for affordable and accessible health care for all Americans," McNerney said in a written statement.

Creating holiday stocking

One of the best parts of waking up Christmas morning is finding a stocking stuffed with tasty goodies and fun little surprises. For some, stuffing the stocking is an art form. What is your process for creating the perfectly filled stocking? Is it best to put the most expensive item on top? Do you even give expensive items, or just oranges and walnuts? If you're a stocking expert - a serious shopper or mom who's been stuffing stockings for years - we want to know your skills and stories. Send your stocking-stuffing methods to Lodi Living editor Lauren Nelson at laurenn@lodinews.com or call 369-7035.

Do you bake up favorite Christmas cookies?

'Tis the season for the Christmas baking rush. An abundance of Christmas cookie varieties are passed around to friends and family during the holiday season. Many are family traditions passed through the generations and some just help ring in the Christmas season. Do you have a favorite Christmas cookie recipe? If so, we would like to hear from you for a story about Christmas cookies. Recipes may be sent to Pam Bauserman at pamelab@lodinews.com or at P.O. Box 1360, Lodi, CA 95241.

Editor's Note: The brief about the Galt Joint Union High School District board was corrected at 5:05 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11 to correct a mistake in the district's name.

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