Lodi Unified School District trustees are expected to approve new attendance boundaries for both Needham Elementary and Heritage Primary Elementary schools at tonight's school board meeting.
Also on the agenda are closing Clements School, taking action on a proposed charter school and discussing the elimination of senior projects.
Further discussion on Lawrence Elementary School and the state mandates regarding its academic performance is also scheduled, although a vote likely won't be taken until early next month.
The board will also recognize student achievements in the Academic Decathlon, Science Olympiad and SkillsUSA competitions.
Tonight's meeting starts at 7 in the James Areida Education Support Center, 1305 E. Vine St.
Lodi Unified charter school distinguished
River Oaks Charter School in North Stockton is among 484 exemplary California public elementary schools selected as 2010 California Distinguished Schools. It is the only Lodi Unified School District school on the state list.
In Galt, Lake Canyon Elementary received the same honor.
The announcement was made by the state superintendent's office Monday.
Schools earning the Distinguished School title agree to share their signature practices with other schools and serve as a mentor to other educators who want to replicate the work.
The California School Recognition Program is now in its 24th year and honors the state's most exemplary and inspiring public schools with the California Distinguished School Award. Although participation is voluntary, the award is highly sought after by schools in all areas of the state, according to a press release.
Elementary and secondary schools are recognized during alternate years.
Schools were identified for eligibility on the basis of their Academic Performance Index and Adequate Yearly Progress results, which are the state and federal accountability models, respectively. The applicants were also identified by their success in narrowing the achievement gap that exists between higher-performing and lower-performing students.
All applicants underwent a stringent selection process conducted by the California Department of Education with the help of many educators from across the state. Each applicant was required to describe two signature practices that have led to an increase in student achievement and a narrowing of the achievement gap. Applicants were then selected to receive a thorough site visit to validate the signature practices.
The 2010 California Distinguished Schools will be honored during an awards ceremony and dinner at the Disneyland Hotel in June.
— News-Sentinel staff
Storm water workshop heads to Stockton
In an effort to educate developers, contractors and those in the construction industry, a two-day seminar designed to minimize storm water pollution will be hosted this week in Stockton. The classes will feature lessons on the New Construction General Permit, which goes into effect July 1, as well as what control measures for storm water collection should be planned into the design of a structure.
The classes are hosted by San Joaquin County, the city of Stockton and the Port of Stockton. They will feature hands-on seminars in which participants will practice filling out permit documents, performing field inspections and budget reviews.
The classes run Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. One-day passes are available for $60, or $40 for full-time students who present a valid identification card. The two-day pass costs $100, or $70 for students. For more information or to register, visit www.gotswppp.com or call 334-5363, ext. 201.