Lodi Unified School District has announced its policy for providing free- and reduced-price meals for children served by the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs.
The benefits are available to all families, regardless of state or federal aid already being received. If a household member becomes unemployed or if the household size increases, contact your child's school.
Application forms are available at the principal's office in each school and can be submitted at any time during the school year. To apply, households must complete an application and return it to the school for processing.
To be eligible for the free program, a household with two people must make $18,941 or less per year, while the reduced-price benefits begin for the same size household that earns $26,955 annually. Add $4,862 per year for each additional family member for the free benefits, and $6,919 for reduced-price.
The requirements are set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and overseen by the district.
An Acampo man accused of assaulting his girlfriend and keeping her captive for several days was arraigned Tuesday on six felony charges, including a torture charge that carries a possible sentence of life in prison.
A Lodi judge set Charles Peck Jr.'s bail at $225,000, but Peck is not eligible for bail because he has a parole hold from Kansas.
Peck, 50, is accused of attacking his girlfriend in the early hours of June 27 and holding her against her will in a detached garage on Peltier Road. Four days later, Peck left the house, and the woman escaped and flagged down a passing motorist for help, according to San Joaquin County Sheriff's deputies.
Prosecutors on Tuesday charged Peck with one felony count each of torture, domestic violence, assault, false imprisonment, dissuading a witness and assault likely to cause great bodily injury. Judge David Warner appointed a public defender to represent Peck, and scheduled another court date for July 21.
The victim suffered extensive bruising, said Deputy District Attorney Jeff Derman, who was awaiting more reports from investigators.
Peck is on parole from Kansas, where officials allowed his parole to be transferred to California on Dec. 29, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
- Layla Bohm.
Supervisors agree to transfer park property
The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors approved the transfer of four acres on Jack Tone Road to the Lockeford Community Services District. The property will connect the Lockeford Community Center with a 10-acre community park site.
The county board issued two stipulations on the Community Services District: to begin development of the four-acre section within five years, and to complete the project two years after construction begins. The Lockeford district may also request a five-year extension from the Board of Supervisors to complete the project.
Meanwhile, the Lockeford Community Services District will discuss the transaction at its board meeting, which begins at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Lockeford Community Center, 19456 N. Jack Tone Road.
The Lockeford board will also consider whether to amend its support of paying a groundwater charge by the North San Joaquin Water Conservation District and consider adopting the district budget for the 2009-10 fiscal year.
- Ross Farrow.
WID water supply
to be discussed
The Woodbridge Irrigation District board will review its water supply and availability for the second half of the irrigation season at Thursday's board meeting.
The board will also hear a Mokelumne River hydrology report from Russ Taylor, of the East Bay Municipal Utility District, and receive an update on canal weed abatement equipment and excavator and cleaning buckets.
The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. at the district office, 18777 N. Lower Sacramento Road, Woodbridge.
- Ross Farrow.
County office to receive
$1 million grant
Congressman Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, announced Tuesday that the San Joaquin County Office of Education will receive a $1 million grant from the Department of Education. The funds are being made available from the Department of Education for programs that improve teachers' knowledge of and curriculum on the history of the United States, according to a statement released by McNerney's office.
The San Joaquin County Office of Education applied for the funds in partnership with the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, the Orange County Department of Education, California State University San Bernardino, the First Amendment Center of the Freedom Forum and the Constitutional Rights Foundation to establish statewide institutes that will house summer teacher training programs.
The focus of the programs will be the role of religion in American history as well as the foundations of religious liberty in the United States.