Tuesday, June 25, 2013 12:00 am
Lodi Unified School District will conduct a public hearing tonight and consider changing the boundaries each of the seven board members represent.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 12:00 am
Although Lodi Unified School District officials won’t know for another month how much revenue the district will receive from the state, the school board will conduct a public hearing tonight based on what trustees think they will have.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 12:00 am
When you were in kindergarten, could you ask and answer questions about a reading selection? Could you identify characters, the story’s setting and the main events? Could you retell the story in detail?
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 12:00 am
The week of May 6 through 10 is Teacher Appreciation Week in California.
As you read this, I'm sure you recall a favorite teacher you had somewhere in your educational journey. For many of us in the education profession, it was one or two people who influenced us beyond words, who inspired a love of teaching, learning, reading, writing, science or math.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 12:00 am
Lodi Unified School District board member Ron Heberle stirred up a hornet's nest Tuesday when he proposed reducing all kindergarten though 12th-grade classes by one student.
Saturday, February 2, 2013 12:00 am
Creating smaller class sizes is a much talked about idea among teachers in Lodi Unified School District, but district officials say it is too expensive at this time.
Thursday, January 31, 2013 12:00 am
Students and teachers in Lodi can tack an extra five days on to the school year, thanks to a new agreement through the teachers union.
The Lodi Education Association has reached an understanding with Lodi Unified School District to restore five instructional days, with pay, to the 2013-14 calendar.
"It is definitely a win for the kids. It is a shared interest to get days back for kids as quickly as possible," said Jeff Johnston, LEA president.
To pay just the teaching staff for those five days costs $2.5 million.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 12:00 am
Despite the passage of school-related state propositions earlier this month, local school districts are still facing thousands in sequestration cuts.
Thursday, November 8, 2012 12:00 am
Local schools are pleased that Proposition 30 passed, but officials say it's far from a full solution for a broken California education system. The proposition created temporary taxes to fund education and guaranteed local public safety funding.
Saturday, September 15, 2012 12:00 am
Gretchen Talley retired from the San Joaquin County Board of Education in June, but taxpayers could pay for her health care for life.
Thursday, July 12, 2012 12:00 am
Local school districts' futures hang in the balance during the November election. Voters will have the opportunity to choose higher taxes or nearly $12 million in education cuts statewide when voting on the California Sales and Income Tax Initiative.
The Lodi Unified School District and the Galt Joint Union Elementary and High School districts could face shortened school years, increased class sizes and cuts to busing.
If the November tax initiative is passed, the state budget and education funding will remain as is. If the initiative fails, up to $460 per student per year will be withheld from Lodi Unified, or about $12.3 million.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012 12:00 am
The first years of the 1970s saw the U.S. involvement in Vietnam and the military draft coming to an end. The size of our military began to shrink, despite an increased threat from the Soviet Union in Europe as they continued to build a larger and offensively oriented force.
Thursday, December 22, 2011 12:00 am
There's a group of students at Tokay High School who know what
they want and how to get there.
Saturday, July 30, 2011 12:00 am
School starts Monday for more than 26,000 students who attend
Lodi Unified School District schools.
Being the third straight school year of massive budget cuts,
there will likely be little change for 2011-12.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 12:00 am
In 2004, Oak View Elementary School was one of the first in the
county to offer a kindergarten summer bridge camp program funded
though First 5 San Joaquin County. The camp is a weeklong session
that allows incoming kindergarten students to meet their teachers
and peers, as well as become familiar with basic rules and
Saturday, July 16, 2011 12:00 am
The recently adopted state budget will influence schools and
government in the Lodi area in diverse ways. Here is a summary:
Saturday, July 9, 2011 12:00 am
Some 414 fewer students enrolled in Lodi Unified School District
schools last academic year than the year before, resulting in a
funding loss of about $2 million, according to a recent state
District administrators point to this repeated pattern of
decreased enrollment as the reason for an increased number of
layoffs in recent years, since districts receive specific funding
based on the number of students enrolled. Actual attendance figures
show an even more drastic decrease.
In 2008-09, the average annual attendance districtwide was
29,634 students, compared to 29,003 last school year, according to
data provided by Tim Hern, chief business officer.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 12:00 am
Lodi Unified School District trustees approved the district's
$211 million financial plan for the 2011-12 school year on Tuesday.
It is the third consecutive budget year the district has faced
unprecedented program and personnel cuts as well as ongoing
swelling class sizes.
"It looks like a budget everybody can live with. Everyone worked
together on it," board president George Neely said following the
meeting. "It was kind of a leap of faith since we don't have a
state budget yet."
The district will operate with a $19 million deficit through
2013-14. However, it could be higher if the state continues to
defer money, according to Chief Business Officer Tim Hern, who
received accolades from trustees.
Monday, June 6, 2011 12:00 am
Lodi Unified School District officials believe they may have
found a way to break the ongoing cycle of teacher layoffs, which
has resulted in a decrease in programs and an increase in class
"One of the main goals is to get out of this layoff cycle, and I
think we can do that," board president George Neely said, adding
that he believes the budget will be balanced with an ongoing
Trustees will discuss the 2011-12 budget at their regular
meeting on Tuesday. No vote is expected.
Friday, May 20, 2011 12:00 am
The Lodi Unified School District's four comprehensive high
schools will retain their assistant principals due to action taken
Thursday by the board of trustees.
Monday, May 9, 2011 12:00 am
Lodi Unified School District trustees spent an entire day
Saturday prioritizing more than $15 million in cuts for the 2011-12
Recommendations came from employees, community members and the
Superintendent's Budget Advisory Committee, and the school board
was given the task of sorting through them.
The session was new for the district and a brain child of board
president George Neely, who said there hasn't been enough time for
trustees in the past to provide staff direction before the annual
budget is prepared.
Saturday, May 7, 2011 12:00 am
A News-Sentinel review of hundreds of pages of Lodi Unified
School District legal invoices over the past six months showed
hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on litigation, consulting,
mediation and other labor group services.
Friday, May 6, 2011 12:00 am
The Lodi Unified School District board of trustees is doing
things differently this year.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011 12:00 am
Despite previous public protests, the Lodi Unified School
District board approved expanding a mandatory community day school
and moving its location to another site.
Thursday, March 24, 2011 6:25 am
Because of ongoing financial issues, Galt Joint Union High
School District could be placed on the state’s fiscal warning list
this summer, David Gordon, county superintendent of schools, told
the Sacramento Bee.