- In other action
On Tuesday, the Lodi Unified School District Board of Education also:
- Heard a report about high-achieving students tutoring low-achieving underclassmen during first period. Additionally, a group of students began their own tutoring club, where they tutor at-risk students at lunch and after school.
- Lodi High senior Addison Howe said the student-run program has not only helped students who aren’t achieving academically as well as they should, but it has resulted in students who normally wouldn’t socialize with different peer groups to learn about each other. In his Advanced Placement classes, Howe said he didn’t talk to students who got Cs in their classes. However, through the student program, they have learned to communicate with each other, he said. “This is one of the most heartwarming things I have heard sitting here on the board,” trustee Bonnie Cassel said after hearing the report.
- Received the annual report for Joe Serna Jr. Charter School for the 2012-13 school year. Principal Maria Cervantes emphasized that students learn school curriculum in English and Spanish.
- Learned that Larson Elementary in Lodi and Creekside Elementary in Stockton will be added to district schools to offer transitional kindergarten program in the 2014-15 school year. It’s a bridge between preschool and traditional kindergarten. The program is already offered at Lawrence and Lakewood elementary schools in Lodi and at Podesta Ranch and Mosher elementaries in Stockton.
Posted: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 12:00 am
In 2012, Lodi officials were surprised to learn from the state that the city had the second-highest crime rate in San Joaquin County. Lodi Neighborhood Services Manager Joseph Wood thought that the rating was odd since three cities — Stockton, Manteca and Tracy — have a greater population than Lodi.
Through two state grants, the city began a program called LodiGRIP, also known as the Lodi Gang Reduction, Intervention, Prevention program, which Wood said has been highly successful in combating gang activity.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 12:00 am.