Wednesday, October 23, 2013 9:32 am
Lodi was reeling on Wednesday from the worst fatal crash in the city’s recent history, as police confirmed that six members of one local family perished in a horrific collision on Ham Lane on Tuesday night. The only family member to survive is a 9-year-old boy, who is still in critical condition at a nearby hospital.
Saturday, August 31, 2013 12:00 am
In a three-year span, the number of Lodi Unified School District employees earning a salary of $100,000 or more has been reduced by about a third. Mike McKilligan, Assistant Superintendent of Personnel, said that the drop is mainly a result of compensation reductions that were put in place in 2010.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 12:00 am
In what appears to be a continuation of administrative musical chairs, Lodi Unified School District trustees appointed three new elementary school principals and a vice principal, but which school each will oversee remains up in the air.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 12:00 am
Due to declining enrollment, parents and teachers have only one more year to decide on a plan for the future of Tokay Colony Elementary School.
Saturday, February 16, 2013 12:00 am
A Lodi mom is starting a petition to add Eid al-Fitr to California’s list of holidays that would automatically excuse a child from school. The 24-hour Muslim holiday falls after 30 days of fasting during daylight to observe Ramadan each year, and this year will fall on Aug. 7 and 8 — in the first week of the 2013-14 school year.
Friday, January 11, 2013 2:43 pm
Since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., a question has been asked over and over: Would schools be safer and better prepared to defend against a live shooter if armed guards were assigned to monitor each campus?
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 12:00 am
A lack of students enrolled in general courses at one Lodi Unified School District high school caused members of the board of trustees to grow visibly agitated during Tuesday's board meeting.
Catherine Pennington, Assistant Superintendent of Lodi Unified School District, presents Spirit of Literacy awards.
Lilia Frank, 14, stands with former Joe Serna Jr. Charter School Principal Michael Gillespie and Assistant Superintendent of elementary education Catherine Pennington. Frank attended Serna, a dual immersion school that teaches in English and Spanish, and won second place in the statewide Spanish Language Spelling Bee this year.
Saturday, August 4, 2012 12:00 am
Hundreds of students on the verge of falling through the cracks on the path to college have a safety net they call AVID. It stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, and offers study skills to middle-tier students and helps them with college applications.
Saturday, August 4, 2012 12:00 am
A lack of state money for the Emergency Repair Program has left school districts across the state looking for alternative ways to pay for new roofs, floors and ventilation systems.
Sunday, July 29, 2012 7:09 pm
Parents have stocked up on lunchbox essentials. Kids are geared up with new backpacks and shoes. Teachers have spent the last few days setting up their classrooms and jotting down lesson plans. The new school year is upon us.
Thursday, April 19, 2012 12:00 am
In a bold move, the Lodi Unified School District board of trustees has decided to forge ahead with plans to create a transitional kindergarten program at Tuesday's meeting.
"Kids are expected to leave kindergarten reading and writing. Like it or not, that's the reality. It only makes sense that California go full bore with this," said Carlos Villafana, principal of Lawrence Elementary School, one of two schools to offer the program.
Monday, March 12, 2012 12:00 am
I would like to clarify one item from the letter written by Linda Gooden (March 1) concerning the Feb. 21 Lodi Unified School District board meeting. Ms. Gooden made the point that while we discussed high school intervention, we did not discuss K-8 interventions. In fact, the issue of K-6 intervention was discussed at length during the board meeting.
Thursday, February 9, 2012 5:13 pm
Where have all the kindergartners gone? Heading into the final
days of the annual Kindergarten Roundup, several Lodi schools are
reporting a low turnout for kindergarten enrollment.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012 12:00 am
Believe it or not, the time to plan for kindergarten enrollment
next fall is now. But the choices might be overwhelming.
Gone are the days when parents only had to decide whether to
walk or drive their students to school. Today, you don't even have
to send them to the neighborhood campus.
Saturday, January 14, 2012 12:00 am
Lodi Unified School District will not move forward with plans to
create a transitional kindergarten program after Gov. Jerry Brown's
office released his proposed 2012-2013 budget. The proposal cuts
funding for any students who will not turn five years old before
Nov. 1, the kindergarten enrollment date for the 2012-2013 school
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 12:00 am
Lodi Unified School District officials are seriously considering
a transition to a K-8 structure districtwide.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 12:00 am
If your student is at an under-performing school in Lodi, you
might have the option to transfer to another campus.
Saturday, October 29, 2011 12:00 am
Most local teachers are only reviewed once every two years. It
is a simple and sometimes swift process: A principal schedules an
observation, fills out a form, and that’s it.
A small number of evaluations lead to teachers getting more
direction or help.
Virtually none of these evaluations lead to termination.
It’s been this way for years, but it is changing. A pitched
battle over teacher evaluation is playing out across the
Friday, October 28, 2011 12:00 am
When you think of a bully, the image that comes to mind might be
a surly teenage boy. He’s probably bigger than the other kids;
maybe he’s known for pushing freshmen around or shouting matches in
Monday, September 19, 2011 12:00 am
Dear Jennifer: I keep hearing the phrase
"learning communities" in reference to schools. What does this
Monday, September 12, 2011 12:00 am
Dear Jennifer: My daughter is in one of Lodi
Unified School District's combination classes and I just heard
those teachers will not be required to perform benchmark testing.
How will they know if she's reading at grade-level or needs extra
help learning math?
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 12:17 pm
Lodi Unified School District moved closer to the coveted
800-mark in the annual Academic Performance Index figures released
by the state Wednesday. The district increased its growth API
figure by 12 points to 749, up from the base rate of 737 reported
in the spring. Additionally, slightly more schools exceed the
state’s 800-point threshold than last year, and many more are close
to achieving the goal.
Monday, August 29, 2011 12:00 am
Half of the students in Lodi Unified School District's
elementary schools are still earning scores below 749 in the annual
API exam, and half of those are under 700.