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Lodi Unified School District board looks for solutions to district problems

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Posted: Thursday, October 18, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:09 am, Thu Oct 18, 2012.

Along with a preliminary report on Academic Performance Index testing scores and class enrollment, the Lodi Unified School District board of trustees addressed the following topics at Tuesday's board meeting:

  • Limited access to the Tokay High School Track on school days has continued. The district is weighing two potential options for weekend use. Art Hand reported new signs are in development to make these new policies clear to users. The topic will return to the board in a future meeting.
  • Bear Creek teacher Claudia Mennuti brought a problem with technology to the board's attention.

On the last day of school before October break, teachers were required to enter report card information and scan benchmark testing scores into Illuminate, a central district program to manage data. They were unable to get into the program because too many people were using it at once. Eventually, the system was blocked, allowing only teacher access between noon and 5 p.m. that day.

Mennuti suggested that timeline be applied daily to give teachers priority access to the system and prevent future frustration.

Teacher's union president Jeff Johnston said the problem might be due to the aging wiring connecting the school sites to the central servers.

The board directed Art Hand, assistant superintendent of facilities and planning, to come up with a solution to the problem by the end of this new school quarter.

Contact reporter Sara Jane Pohlman at sarap@lodinews.com. For more information about local education issues, read our Education Café blog.

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2 comments:

  • Doug Chaney posted at 9:45 am on Fri, Oct 19, 2012.

    advocate Posts: 499

    What's wrong with opening the city owned Grape Bowl to those wishing to use a track for excercise? Are they afraid to go to the eastside? Are Mr. Hanner and his well connected friends VIP's or what?

     
  • Bob Silvano posted at 4:38 pm on Thu, Oct 18, 2012.

    Bob Silvano Posts: 145

    I don't blame LUSD for its hreluctance to open the Tokay track up to the public. The last time it happened, there were idiots using it who felt they had the right to hit golf balls off the new surface, who caused extensive damage to the track. It caused the district a great deal of money to repair. I feel opening the track to the public is a wonderful idea, but if an open track policy is to be successful, it is up to all users to step up and police the facility to ensure it is being used properly. If the abusers return, I'm sure the district will once again close the facility to the public.

     

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