SCHOOL ATTENDANCE MONTH IN CALIFORNIA

The California legislature has declared September “School Attendance Awareness Month,” in an effort to urge families, communities, and schools to prioritize student attendance and to underscore the direct connection between attendance and academic achievement. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the state is involved in a national initiative to reduce chronic

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SCHOOL BOARD HEARS OF LOWER ENROLLMENT THAN ANTICIPATED

As is so often the case, the most interesting parts of the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education meetings lay in staff reports. Reporter Dan Stork summarizes what was said about enrollment numbers last night and helping students apply to college… Assistant Superintendent Sharon Flores told the Morongo Unified

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PROP 39: WHERE IS THAT MONEY GOING?

$550 million per year, for 5 years; that’s what Prop 39 is diverting from the general revenues of the state of California. Reporter Dan Stork describes where that money is going, and how much of it is trickling down to the Morongo Basin… In 2012, the voters of California approved

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MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

Other than restoring one previously-eliminated classified position, the Board of Education of the Morongo Unified School District will tend mostly to adjustments of wording and amounts in assorted documents when they meet tonight. Reporter Dan Stork has more details… The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education will begin its

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FOOTBALL INJURY BILL WOULD AFFECT LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES

A new state bill, designed to reduce brain injuries and concussions, should soon be signed into law. Local school officials say they have already been using the proposed standards… Seeking to reduce brain injuries and concussions, the legislature has passed a bill to become effective January 1, 2015, limiting full-contact

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SCHOOL BOARD MOPS UP LAST MINUTE BUSINESS BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS

In a brisk meeting at which the small audience was comprised mainly of District administrators, the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education accomplished a variety of pre-term mopping up activities. Reporter Dan Stork lists the actions… Following the approval of her contract as Interim Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services

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LAST MINUTE SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION POSITION FILLED

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education holds its last meeting before the start of the school year on August 19. Reporter Dan Stork says the action agenda features the filling of a high-level administrative slot… Following a 6:30 p.m. closed meeting to consider personnel and pupil issues, the

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LOCAL CANDIDATE FILING PERIOD IS OVER, WE HAVE THE FULL LIST

The deadlines for candidate filings in local races have brought a few late comers to our ballots. Six candidates are vying for the three seats up for grabs on Twentynine Palms City Council. Standing for re-election are incumbents Dan Mintz and Jim Harrris, with challengers Bill Easter, McArthur Wright, John

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FREE BACKPACKS AND SCREENINGS FRIDAY AT BACK-TO-SCHOOL DAY

To help students—particularly those from low-income families—prepare for the quickly-approaching school year, a community back-to-school day will be held in the center of the Morongo Basin. Reporter Dan Stork tells you what will be available this Friday… On Friday, August 15, from 9 a.m. to noon, several local organizations will

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HOW TO APPLY FOR FREE AND LOW-COST MEALS AT SCHOOL

The federal government provides free or reduced meals for students. There are several ways that public school students can qualify for free or reduced-price meals at school. Households that receive food stamps, CalWORKS, Kin-GAP or FDPIR benefits may not have to complete a separate application. Instead, school officials will use

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DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL, JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT FILING DONE, FIVE RUN FOR MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

Reporter Dan Stork has the current list of candidates for positions that will be on the November ballot for Twentynine Palms City Council, Joshua Basin Water District, and the Morongo Unified School District… Five candidates are vying—so far—for the three seats up for grabs on Twentynine Palms City Council. Standing

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SOME LOCAL CANDIDATE FILINGS EXTENDED, INCUMBENTS NOT RUNNING

Because incumbents have not filed for reelection, filing deadlines have been extended for some local elected offices. The City of Twentynine Palms announced that as a result of the non-filing of incumbent Council member Jay Corbin, the nomination period for filing papers for the Office of Twentynine Palms City Council

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SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES ADMINISTRATION CONTRACTS

In a departure from the pattern of recent meetings, the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education dispatched its open session business in under 40 minutes. Reporter Dan Stork summarizes the action… At its Tuesday meeting, the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education approved a one-year contract for Tom

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MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL BOARD GETS TO WORK TONIGHT

After a respite from public meetings, the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education gets back to work on August 5. Reporter Dan Stork says the long agenda is highlighted by upper-level administrative contracts… Following an open workshop/study session at 5 p.m., devoted to self-evaluation, the Board of Education of

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THREE FILE FOR TWO OPEN SEATS ON MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL BOARD

Two seats are available, and three candidates, so far, for the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education. Reporter Dan Stork looks at how the contest is shaping up… With the deadline for filing approaching, three candidates have filed declarations of candidacy for the two open seats on the Morongo

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SCHOOL DISTRICT SEEKING OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Most of the Measure O bond money authorized by voters has already been spent on construction projects in the Morongo Unified School District. Reporter Dan Stork says that volunteers are needed to continue the oversight required as the remaining million dollars are spent…

The Morongo Unified School District’s Citizens Oversight

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS THIS AFTERNOON

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education has called a special meeting for this afternoon, July 17, at 5 pm. A single open agenda item, dealing with a piggyback contract for fuel, is sandwiched between two closed sessions — one on employee issues (including the employment of an Assistant

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RECENTLY RETIRED SCHOOL PRINCIPAL FILES FOR SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION

Dr. Cindy McVay, who retired June 30 from Morongo Unified School District, has filed papers to run for the Morongo Unified School Board in November. McVay was a principal at Oasis Elementary, Morongo Elementary, and most recently, Palm Vista Elementary. McVay said, “After 33 years in education, I have the

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CANDIDATE FILING PERIOD OPENS MONDAY

The candidacy filing window for the November elections is about to open. Reporter Dan Stork tells office hopefuls that they can do it online…

The period for filing to be a candidate for public office in the November 14 election opens July 14 and closes August 8. If no incumbent

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FREE SUMMER LUNCHES FOR STUDENTS

Just as learning does end when school lets out, neither does the need for good nutrition. Reporter Dan Stork says there’s free lunch and breakfast available for children during part of the summer…

The Morongo Unified School District is sponsoring a Summer Feeding Program, in conjunction with the US Department

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