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April 16, 1993 | PATRICK McCARTNEY
More than 600 student scientists have asked to participate in the Ventura County Science Fair Thursday, but event officials say they need a few more adult volunteers to complete preparations for this year's fair. The students' exhibits will be on display from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, and up to 10 more volunteers are needed to watch over the displays, said Deborah Ourvan of the organizing committee.
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October 24, 2002 | Amanda Covarrubias, Times Staff Writer
A deal worth at least $215,000 struck with former community college district Chancellor Philip Westin gives the deposed leader too much money and prestige for all the damage he has caused, critics charged Wednesday. Although many expressed relief that Westin's six-year tenure at the district is over, they complained trustees were too generous in agreeing to pay his $203,000 annual salary until July and $12,000 a year in health benefits indefinitely. From July 1 to Oct.
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January 16, 1991 | ADRIANNE GOODMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ventura County eighth-grade students scored one point lower on the writing portion of the California Assessment Program test given last spring than their predecessors the year before, but still came out ahead of their classmates statewide, according to figures released today. The county's eighth-graders earned an average of 274 points on the test, contrasted with a statewide average of 259 points. However, only 47% of the county's students scored average or better on the test.
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October 23, 2002 | Amanda Covarrubias, Times Staff Writer
The Ventura County Community College District will buy out Chancellor Philip Westin's contract -- rather than fire him -- because an internal investigation of his questionable spending practices found no wrongdoing, college board President Norman Nagel announced late Tuesday. The settlement, which pays Westin his full $203,000 annual salary until next July and a reduced amount for four months after that, would end Westin's six-year tenure and gives him the right to seek employment elsewhere.
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August 23, 1999 | ANNA GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Surrounded by children's books, illustrated alphabets and phonics posters at Cal Lutheran University, Ventura County teachers bent on improving their skills created colorful bumper stickers. "Reading can change your world." "Every child is a reader." And the class favorite, "Readers know more four-letter words." About 100 teachers from eight districts attended a five-day institute last week, part of a statewide effort to improve reading instruction in classrooms throughout California.
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July 23, 1998 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ventura County schools posted some of the highest scores in Southern California on a historic test of basic skills, topping every other Southland county in reading and edging close to Orange County in science, while lagging further behind in math. Paced by schools in Camarillo and the Conejo Valley, average scores posted on the Stanford 9 exam ranked Ventura County 19th overall out of the state's 58 counties in reading, 20th in math and 26th in science.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 1993 | DARYL KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ventura County's high school dropout rate continued a steep seven-year decline in 1992, with Oak Park High School emerging among a handful of districts statewide that reported no dropouts at all in their graduating classes, according to state figures released Monday. "Our high school is the closest you're going to get in a public school to a private school education, because we're so small," Principal Jeff Chancer said of his 530-student campus in affluent Oak Park.
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November 1, 1999 | ANNA GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Advanced placement classes, designed to give a boost to high-achieving students, are not equally distributed throughout Ventura County schools. This, educators say, is placing hundreds of high school seniors at a disadvantage when they compete for admission to the nation's most prestigious colleges and universities.
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November 11, 1996 | REGINA HONG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
They set out to accomplish a simple task: create a policy to discipline students for cheating. An academic honesty policy would fit with Ventura Supt. Joseph Spirito's push to promote core values and provide a consistent set of rules for all district teachers, avoiding the sort of problems that arose last year when accusations of cheating at Ventura High School led to a lawsuit.
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March 30, 1993 | CARLOS V. LOZANO
Twelve Ventura County elementary schools have been nominated for California's Distinguished Schools Award in recognition of their outstanding educational programs. Ventura Unified School District had six nominees, more than any other district in the county, officials said. They are Juanamaria, Junipero, Lincoln, Loma Vista, Portola and Saticoy elementary schools. "We feel really good about it," said Supt. Joseph Spirito of the nominations. "I think it shows we're doing something right."
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September 23, 2001 | TINA DIRMANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Santa Paula teacher Annette Halpern knew the shy ninth-grader in her English class spoke only Spanish. But she wasn't going to let that stop him from reading. Last school year, she handed him a copy of the hugely popular Harry Potter book--translated into Spanish. He gobbled it up, quickly moving on to Parts 2 and 3 in the series, and only pausing when he discovered Part 4 had not yet been translated. Determined, he grabbed a Spanish-English dictionary and plowed through that one too.
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November 27, 1999 | KATIE COOPER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ventura County community college students are taught fewer hours by full-time faculty than students in most other districts in California, figures from the state chancellor's office show. According to the findings, part-time and full-time faculty members at each of the county's three community colleges split about 50% of the instruction time, while statewide, full-time faculty members, on average, teach 62% of the instructional load.
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November 1, 1999 | ANNA GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Advanced placement classes, designed to give a boost to high-achieving students, are not equally distributed throughout Ventura County schools. This, educators say, is placing hundreds of high school seniors at a disadvantage when they compete for admission to the nation's most prestigious colleges and universities.
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August 23, 1999 | ANNA GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Surrounded by children's books, illustrated alphabets and phonics posters at Cal Lutheran University, Ventura County teachers bent on improving their skills created colorful bumper stickers. "Reading can change your world." "Every child is a reader." And the class favorite, "Readers know more four-letter words." About 100 teachers from eight districts attended a five-day institute last week, part of a statewide effort to improve reading instruction in classrooms throughout California.
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October 9, 1998 | JENNIFER HAMM, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ventura County's top school official and conservative members of the county Board of Education are once again at odds--this time over a program to help teen mothers. Citing moral and financial concerns, two school board members have put the brakes on a grant application that would expand a county program to educate teen mothers and help them raise healthy babies. "It would be like we were rewarding these girls for having these babies out of wedlock," board member Ron Matthews said.
NEWS
July 23, 1998 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ventura County schools posted some of the highest scores in Southern California on a historic test of basic skills, topping every other Southland county in reading and edging close to Orange County in science, while lagging further behind in math. Paced by schools in Camarillo and the Conejo Valley, average scores posted on the Stanford 9 exam ranked Ventura County 19th overall out of the state's 58 counties in reading, 20th in math and 26th in science.
BUSINESS
July 27, 1993 | JACK SEARLES
Ventura County business people need to strengthen their ties with both education and government, believes Marc L. Charney, newly installed president of the Ventura County Economic Development Assn. "We must work with the education community because we need a labor force that's well enough educated to learn new technologies," he said. "Our young people need technical skills, but they also need flexibility. They have to be able to learn new skills as technologies change."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 1990
Father Rafael Luevano, a native of Santa Ana and former associate pastor of St. Joachim Parish in Costa Mesa, has been appointed rector and president of St. John's Seminary College in Camarillo. The college educates men for the Roman Catholic priesthood in six dioceses and one religious order in the Western United States. Luevano has served as the college's director of spirituality for 14 months. The appointment was announced Wednesday by Archbishop Roger M. Mahony in Los Angeles.
NEWS
September 16, 1997 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite its relative affluence and top-caliber schools, Ventura County lags far behind counties of comparable size and wealth when it comes to shepherding students to college. It has the sixth-highest family income in the state, but ranks 15th in nudging high school graduates on to higher education. And it sinks to the bottom third of the state's 58 counties when comparing the number of students who find their way to four-year universities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 1996 | REGINA HONG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
They set out to accomplish a simple task: create a policy to discipline students for cheating. An academic honesty policy would fit with Ventura Supt. Joseph Spirito's push to promote core values and provide a consistent set of rules for all district teachers, avoiding the sort of problems that arose last year when accusations of cheating at Ventura High School led to a lawsuit.
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