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March 19, 2001 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Outraged by a policy that allows police dogs to sniff out drugs on this city's middle school campus, some parents and community leaders have launched a campaign to outlaw the searches, saying they violate students' privacy rights. The policy was adopted in 1998 by the Santa Paula Elementary School District board and put into effect this year at Isbell School after a flurry of drug-related expulsions at the 1,200-student campus. The practice isn't universally condemned, though.
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March 19, 2001 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Outraged by a policy that allows police dogs to sniff out drugs on this city's middle school campus, some parents and community leaders have launched a campaign to outlaw the searches, saying they violate students' privacy rights. The policy was adopted in 1998 by the Santa Paula Elementary School District board and put into effect this year at Isbell School after a flurry of drug-related expulsions at the 1,200-student campus. The practice isn't universally condemned, though.
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June 21, 1993 | DOUG McCLELLAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
If President Clinton needs some suggestions for his plan for a national service corps, he could turn to first-grader Matthew Pereyra. Except that Matthew is currently occupied, yelling "Yech!" as he carries a handful of graham cracker crumbs from a lunchroom table to the garbage. Or he could interrupt a hockey game between Jacob Zentner and Jonny Ordonez, two of Matthew's classmates at Oak Hills Elementary School in Oak Park.
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June 21, 1993 | DOUG McCLELLAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
If President Clinton needs some suggestions for his plan for a national service corps, he could turn to first-grader Matthew Pereyra. Except that Matthew is currently occupied, yelling "Yech!" as he carries a handful of graham cracker crumbs from a lunchroom table to the garbage. Or he could interrupt a hockey game between Jacob Zentner and Jonny Ordonez, two of Matthew's classmates at Oak Hills Elementary School in Oak Park.
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May 10, 1994 | MAIA DAVIS
Seven Ventura County schools are among 180 middle schools and high schools across the state that have been named California Distinguished Schools this year. Cabrillo Middle School in the Ventura Unified School District; Medea Creek Middle School and Oak Park High School in Oak Park Unified; Charles Blackstock and E.O.
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March 4, 1994 | MAIA DAVIS
Saticoy School in Ventura is one of seven California schools chosen to compete for a national award for its efforts to teach students about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. Nominated by the California Department of Education, Saticoy is among 150 schools nationwide vying to win an honor for having the best "Drug-Free" program in the United States. The national winner will be announced May 13.
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May 19, 1999 | ANNA GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two elementary schools in Ventura County will receive the National Blue Ribbon Award for educational excellence this year, school officials learned Tuesday. Hollow Hills Fundamental School in Simi Valley and Westlake Hills Elementary in Thousand Oaks are among 17 California schools to be recognized as federal blue ribbon schools. "We're on cloud nine right now," Westlake Hills Principal Rachelle Morga said Tuesday afternoon. "This validates everything we try to do here.
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May 28, 1993 | CARLOS V. LOZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Ventura Unified School District has earned more California Distinguished Schools Awards for its outstanding educational programs than any other district in the state this year. A total of 13 elementary schools in Ventura County have received the honor, including six Ventura schools, said Carol Kennedy, the state's program coordinator. The state awards were established in 1986 and honor those schools that strive to develop strong and innovative curricula.
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May 7, 1998 | RICHARD KAHLENBERG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Just about the first thing folks will see if they visit the "Gallery of Impossible Balance" at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza this Saturday is a window washer falling onto the Forum Theatre stage. This is how Jim Jackson, who plays the window washer, makes his entrance in his one-man show, which also turns out to be a one-man circus. All over the "gallery" set up on the Forum's stage are "Do Not Touch" signs.
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April 11, 2000 | KATIE COOPER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Teachers and students at campuses from Oak Park to Ventura were celebrating Monday as eight elementary schools in Ventura County were designated as California Distinguished Schools. "We're pretty excited around here," said James Baird, principal at Maple School in Newbury Park, which was selected for the state honor for the first time. "This is great." The east end of the county dominated the awards category locally by picking up six of the top honors from the state Department of Education.
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April 14, 1998 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR and MIGUEL BUSTILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A long-awaited library reorganization that promises to save money and increase hours may have the unintended side effect of eliminating Ventura County's best and most devoted children's librarians, activists warn. Although the county's radical restructuring plan was intended to improve children and youth services at libraries across the county, it may do just the opposite, said George Berg of Save Our Libraries, an advocacy group.
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April 5, 1995 | JULIE FIELDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tucked into a well-landscaped housing tract in Thousand Oaks, Westlake Hills appears to be a cookie-cutter suburban school: beige buildings connected by walkways and surrounded by a neighborhood park. But the nondescript exterior is deceiving. The elementary school is a powerhouse for fund-raising parents who bring in about $100,000 a year, and it attracts students from as far as Oxnard and the San Fernando Valley. On Tuesday, the campus of 590 students won another distinction.
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