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Marengo Ranch Elementary School reschedules Back-to-School Night

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Posted: Saturday, August 27, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 4:44 pm, Sat Aug 27, 2011.

New dates for parents to meet teachers have been set after a police pursuit led to the cancellation of Marengo Ranch Elementary School's Back-to-School Night on Wednesday evening.

The campus was cleared by Principal Terry Metzger shortly after 7 p.m. because it fell in the perimeter of a police chase for a man accused of a motorcycle theft, said Karen Schauer, superintendent of the Galt Joint Union Elementary School District.

"Safety came first during this unusual Back-to-School Night," Schauer said in an email.

The pursuit began when police received a call about a stolen motorcycle in the school's parking lot, said Lt. James Uptegrove of the Galt Police Department. The suspect took off running when police saw him approaching the bike, he said.

A Sacramento County Sheriff's Department helicopter assisted in the pursuit, but the suspect was not apprehended, police said.

Although there were rumors about why the perimeter was set up, Uptegrove said he wanted the public to know they were not chasing someone who committed a violent crime.

While the fourth-grade class at Marengo Ranch was able to complete its Back-to-School night activities, the fifthand sixth-grade sessions have been rescheduled.

Fifth-grade teachers will meet with parents Wednesday from 6:30 to 7 p.m., and sixth grade will have its classroom presentations and science camp information session from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. on Thursday.

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