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Drama, decathlon face chopping block at Lodi-area schools due to cuts

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Posted: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 12:00 am

Drama. Band. Academic Decathlon. All three subjects are among the list of disappearing electives at high schools in the Lodi area. The culprit? Either shrinking budgets or shrinking class sizes.

But for some, electives are the only classes they look forward to during their school day.

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  • posted at 6:31 am on Thu, Mar 25, 2010.


    According to the LEA Facebook page, there will be Town Hall meetings next week, meetings where school board members will respond to parents, students, community members and teachers. Tues. 3/30 @ Creekside Elem., Wed. 3/31 @ Lodi Public Library, and Thu. 4/1 at BCHS! All meetings will start at 6PM and end at 8PM. I have no idea which board members will be at which meetings.

  • posted at 2:55 pm on Wed, Mar 24, 2010.


    How about this Judy - stop blaming the Politicians and blame yourself for your stupid voting habits! Huh? I am sick of everyone blaming someone else. GET INVOLVED and SHUT UP!

  • posted at 10:34 am on Wed, Mar 24, 2010.


    I agree that cuts and sacrifices need to be made by administration, but schools may have to go back to the basics of reading, writing, and arithimatics. Available subjects grew over the years, and students were able to enjoy them for a long time. Politicians at all government levels have misspent our tax dollars for years, and there are no longer dollars available for anything but basics. Take notice that politicians don't give up any of the perks they receive that cost more than we can sustain - especially on the state and federal level. Let politicians pay for their own cars, gas, travel to home districts, etc. Just as we all must cut back and sacrifice, so should they. The lack of tax dollars is only going to get worse under our current federal government spending habits. I don't believe the state politicians will cut their own benefits with D.C. spending like they are. City, county, state, and federal politicians no longer believe they work for the "people." They have become arrogant and don't care that we know they will not listen to us. It's time to take back our government.

  • posted at 7:05 am on Wed, Mar 24, 2010.


    I don't believe this..what is wrong with the school dist. why don't they just make a class for losser and gang bangers. Lodi you are takeing away things these students. shame on you.

  • posted at 4:47 am on Wed, Mar 24, 2010.


    Oh my! These poor students may have to learn how to build things in order to make a living! We don't have enough athletes and actors as it is!?! You can't expect them all to be smart... come on!

  • posted at 4:14 am on Wed, Mar 24, 2010.


    I wonder if they even had an art class back in Michaelangelo"s day? My point is that genius always finds its way. No amount of instruction can produce Michaelangelo or Rembrandt, or Einstein, or...... It's simply inside of them and it will eventually escape on its own. I say, stick to reading, writing, and arithmetic and the rest will follow naturally.

  • posted at 4:12 am on Wed, Mar 24, 2010.


    Once again cuts that directly affect students, but not management, anyone notice a trend here?

  • posted at 3:55 am on Wed, Mar 24, 2010.


    Leave it to Lodi to drop anything that the school is excelling in. Decathlon is that class so let's cut it rather than a foreign language class (do we really need 3) or one of the sports programs that have few sign ups.

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