SCHOOL BOARD CHOOSES SOLAR VENDOR

During an often contentious meeting, the MUSD Board of Education reached a split decision on a solar vendor recommendation. Reporter Dan Stork says that student recognitions, board policies, and telephone and bus service also figured in the meeting… The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education directed staff to engage

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SOLAR ENERGY TOPS TONIGHT’S SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

Solar energy is on the agenda again for the Morongo Unified School District. Reporter Dan Stork gives the rundown on plans for tonight’s meeting… The final item at the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education meeting on October 21 is the solar energy project. The Board will discuss the

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SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATES FORUM WEDNESDAY

Morongo Teachers Association (MTA) and California School Employees Association (CSEA) together, announce a School Board Candidates forum this Wednesday, October 22, at 6:00 p.m. at Friendly Hills Elementary School in Joshua Tree. All five candidates running for two open seats have confirmed their attendance to this question and answer public

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MORE CANIDIDATES CONFIRM FOR Z107.7 POLITICAL POP-UP SATURDAY

Some 20 local candidates for non-partisan offices have confirmed they will be in attendance at a political pop-up event this coming Saturday. Z107.7 Radio and the Joshua Tree Sportsman’s Club are co-hosting the event. The public is invited to come and meet the candidates for Yucca Valley Town Council, Twentynine

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Z107.7 NEWS MAKES ENDORSEMENTS FOR LOCAL ELECTED OFFICES

With some 33 candidates running for 15 open seats on local councils and boards, today, Z107.7 News makes our endorsements. These endorsements represent the views of the entire Z107.7 editorial board, not just the news director. For Congress there was no question, local resident Paul Cook has done an exemplary

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SCHOOL BOARD SOLAR WORKSHOP GETS SOMEWHAT HEATED

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education met in a special study/workshop session Tuesday evening, to review the three proposals for solar energy electricity generation that were presented to it last week. Most of the audience were members of the solar advisory committee. Reporter Dan Stork reviews how discussions

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SCHOOL BOARD IN A SPECIAL SOLAR WORKSHOP MEETING TONIGHT

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education has called a special meeting for tonight, October 14. It will be an open workshop on the solar energy project, about which it heard presentations last week. The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. at Joshua Tree Elementary School.

MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT CELEBRATES NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH WEEK

To recognize the National School Lunch Program and the 30 million children it serves every day, Morongo Unified School District schools will recognize National School Lunch Week from October 13 through 17. Created by President John F. Kennedy in 1962, National School Lunch Week is a weeklong celebration of the

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SCHOOL BOARD GETS BUSING UPDATE

As is usually the case at meetings of the Morongo Unified School District, all items on the action agenda passed with little or no discussion. Reporter Dan Stork says that there were some notable presentations and reports on busing, student recognition, and more… Patrick Lucci, the Director of Transportation for

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SCHOOL BOARD HEARS FROM SOLAR VENDORS

In recent months, an ad hoc committee of volunteers created a request for proposal for solar energy generation in the Morongo Unified School District. The committee received responses from 9 vendors, and whittled that list down to three. Reporter Dan Stork reports what happened when the final three made their

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SOLAR ENERGY, TRANSPORTATION, RECOGNITION AT SCHOOL BOARD MEETING TONIGHT

Solar energy, transportation and student recognitions head the agenda of tonight’s meeting of the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education. Reporter Dan Stork tells what else the Board will consider… The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education will begin its October 7 meeting with a work/study session on

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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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