Mark your calendars. There are several important upcoming dates for middle school students planning to attend high school in Galt.
On Tuesday, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Galt High School gym, exhibits from all departments showing what students will be learning in their classes will be on display.
Information on registration such as dates, forms needed, courses offered to ninth-graders and placement exams, as well as summer school and a discussion on the importance of being involved in school activities and sports, will be presented at Galt High on Feb. 3.
The English presentation will be held in the campus auditorium with the Spanish version in the library. Both begin at 6:30 p.m.
Those who will attend Liberty Ranch High School are invited to the same presentation at 6:30 p.m. at the following locations:
- Monday at Aroche
- Wednesday at New Hope
- Feb. 2 at McCaffrey
Registration will be held next month. At that time, students and parents will be invited to meet with a counselor or administrator and review CST and placement test scores, and pick classes for ninth grade.
Former Lodi officials link up in Plymouth
An old acquaintance of Plymouth City Manager Dixon Flynn is now on Plymouth's payroll for $53,000 a year, despite a budget shortfall and strong objections from at least one council member.
According to a report in the Ledger Dispatch newspaper of Amador County, on Jan. 8, Flynn hired Lodi colleague, Richard C. Prima, as a contract employee. Flynn is Lodi's former city manager and Prima used to be Lodi's public works director.
Two weeks before officially resigning as Lodi's city manager on Aug. 4, 2004, Flynn gave Prima and seven other of the city's department heads 5 percent raises.
Councilwoman Patricia Fordyce had serious concerns about the appointment. Her first objection was to the description of Prima's job duties, which appeared to suggest that, rather than managing development, Prima would actually have the full powers of an assistant city manager.
Others at the council meeting questioned Prima's salary at a time when the city was struggling with its budget.
The council, however, voted 4-1 to hire Prima.
County court seeks civil grand jury applicants
The San Joaquin County Superior Court is seeking applicants to serve on the county's grand jury. The deadline for application is Monday, March 2.
Members of the grand jury serve for a one-year period beginning July 1. The grand jury is comprised of 19 people whose names are randomly selected from those applicants nominated by the judges of the court. The jury inquires into and investigates matters of civil concern, including the functions and operations of governmental bodies and agencies within San Joaquin County.
Past reports have focused on community college and school districts, jail operations, redevelopment agencies and housing authorities.
A juror must be at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen who has resided in the county for at least a year, have a sufficient knowledge of English and is not serving as a trial juror or elected official. The interview process does include a background check by law enforcement agencies.
Applications may be obtained by calling 468-3855 or by stopping by the Superior Court Clerk's office at 315 W. Elm St. in Lodi or 222 E. Weber Ave., Room 303 in Stockton.
Barn fire kills 12 horses
LINCOLN - Officials are trying to find the cause of a fire at a training stable that destroyed a barn and killed 12 horses.
A neighbor reported the fire early Friday morning at the property near Lincoln, northeast of Sacramento.
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokeswoman Chelsea Fox says the 4,000-square-foot barn was completely ablaze when firefighters arrived. Firefighters and the stable's owners tried to rescue the horses, but it was too late.
The barn is valued at $250,000. Fox says there was no immediate estimate on the value of the horses.
Some of the horses were owned by the property owners, Doug and Debbie Ingersoll, while others were boarded there for training.