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June 30, 1998 | BARBARA MURPHY
Standard & Poor's has assigned its single 'A' rating to Ventura Unified School District's general obligation bonds series B dated June 15, 1998, and due Aug. 1, 2028. The bonds, approved by voters last year, went on sale this month. Standard & Poor's also affirmed its single 'A' rating on the district's bonds series A dated Aug. 1, 1997, and due Aug. 1, 1998 through 2017, 2022 and 2027.
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March 11, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
Marc Groff, the principal at Ventura St. Bonaventure, will soon learn what it's like trying to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. He's facing a challenge that will require him to stay calm, take lots of deep breaths and perhaps pray for divine intervention when things get tough. His assignment on March 20 is to persuade members of the Southern Section Executive Committee to reverse a decision that would force St. Bonaventure's sports teams to start traveling hours away from their campus for athletic contests.
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May 28, 2000
Robert E. Rolens, a former assistant superintendent of the Ventura Unified School District, died at his Ventura home Monday after a battle with lung cancer. He was 85. Rolens was born Dec. 16, 1914, in Murphysburough, Ill., and spent his teen years in Southern California. He earned a master's degree in anatomy and physiology from the University of Redlands in 1938.
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January 27, 2010 | By Jerry Hirsch
Major automakers are readying a wave of plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles for consumers, but one local school district is already taking advantage of the technology. The Ventura Unified School District unveiled a $200,000, state-of-the-art, plug-in hybrid electric school bus Tuesday, the first in Southern California. The bus will start hauling students this week and replaces a polluting, 1977 model. The bus, built by the IC Bus subsidiary of Navistar Inc., is powered by a lithium ion battery pack and is expected to improve fuel economy up to 30% and reduce emissions up to 40% over a conventional gasoline-powered school bus. Michael Chiacos, transportation specialist with the Community Environmental Council in Santa Barbara, believes the bus will do even better, improving fuel economy more than 60% compared with a traditional school bus. "The bus reflects our commitment to being a green school district as we ensure safe and healthy learning environments for our students," said Trudy T. Arriaga, superintendent of Ventura Unified School District.
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February 13, 1995 | CATHERINE SAILLANT
Ventura school officials are asking the state to reimburse the district for about $200,000 in funding lost last month when several campuses closed due to flooding and water contamination. Six schools on the city's western end closed Jan. 10 when torrential rains caused street flooding and made some roads impassable. Three days later, 12 schools in the same area were closed after officials said the city's water supply was contaminated as a result of storm water entering the filtration system.
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October 24, 1997 | DAWN HOBBS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
State officials have concluded their investigation of an alleged sexual assault at the troubled Ventura School, but their recommendations came under fire Thursday as "too skimpy and too simplistic" by a legislator charged with overseeing the juvenile correctional facility. State Sen. Ruben Ayala (D-Chino) said he plans today to ask Lloyd Woods, inspector general of the state Youth and Adult Correctional Agency, to rewrite the recommendations so they are more specific and instructional.
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January 20, 2002 | JENIFER RAGLAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The second-graders in Hadley Rick's class at E.P. Foster Elementary School stand shoulder to shoulder, eyes fixed forward. Gradually, bubbles begin to dance across the room, just centimeters from their faces. The glistening, soapy spheres beg to be popped, but the children allow them to float to the floor. "Look at that self-control!" exclaims Jon Oliver, director of the Massachusetts-based Lesson One Foundation, during a recent visit to the Ventura school. "That's the same self-control you would use if a bully comes by, or if someone tries to give you drugs or alcohol."
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December 18, 1991 | PAUL PAYNE
The Ventura school board selected Terence M. Kilbride as president, replacing Vincent C. Ruiz, whose did not run for reelection in November. This is Kilbride's third term as president in his 12 years on the Ventura Unified School District board of trustees. May Lee Berry was elected vice president. The trustees also seated recently elected trustees Diane Harriman and Jim Wells. They replace Ruiz and Barbara J. Myers, who also did not run for reelection.
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April 21, 1998 | DAWN HOBBS
State legislators decided Monday to temporarily freeze a portion of the California Youth Authority's budget until an investigation of alleged sexual assaults at the agency's Ventura facility is complete. Sen. Cathie Wright (R-Simi Valley) requested that a legislative committee not approve the CYA's $18-million administrative budget because concerns about operations at the facility have been ignored.
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February 25, 1994 | MAIA DAVIS
Administrators in the Ventura Unified School District have won awards in five out of 16 categories in an annual contest by the Assn. of California School Administrators' Region 13, which encompasses Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. Administrators who belong to the association give awards annually to peers who are considered to be the best in their jobs as principals or assistant principals or in other non-teaching positions.
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October 3, 2007 | Eric Sondheimer, Times Staff Writer
The resignation of a Ventura County high school baseball coach for what he said were health reasons came after he allegedly sent inappropriate text messages to one of his players, according to public records and interviews. Seven games into last season, Mike Lee stepped down as coach at Westlake High, while remaining a teacher at Newbury Park High, both in the Conejo Valley Unified School District.
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March 9, 2006 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
A Ventura seventh-grader collapsed Wednesday during a gym class run at De Anza Middle School and died shortly after at a hospital, school officials said. Ricardo Ramirez, 12, was an outstanding student who wanted to go to college and ran a nine-minute mile for the school's cross-country team, said Supt. Trudy Arriaga of the Ventura Unified School District. But as Ricardo and his classmates headed out for a warmup run at the start of their 10 a.m.
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January 24, 2006 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
Teacher Mary Galvin says she pays plenty of attention to the standard curriculum in her Ventura classroom. But it's the creative, hands-on activities that set her lessons apart. Like when a parent drops by to teach her students how to make musical instruments out of natural materials, such as turning hollowed-out gourds into water drums. Or when the youngsters plop on the rug to learn a little yoga, led by another parent volunteer.
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December 2, 2004 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Several guards at the California Youth Authority's Ventura School have been accused of improper sexual conduct with female wards at the Camarillo facility and are the subject of an internal investigation, agency officials and the father of an alleged victim said Wednesday. A 20-year-old Yorba Linda woman alleges that as many as a dozen staff members coerced sex from seven wards in exchange for jewelry, gifts, extra food and privileges in the last two years.
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March 15, 2004 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
There was a time when Principal Joe Bova had to hunt for new students, searching far and wide for youngsters to fill slots at Ventura's magnet high school after it opened nearly four years ago. Not anymore. Word is out on Foothill Technology High School. And now prospective students, drawn by the school's innovative approach to learning and its growing reputation as an academic powerhouse, are on waiting lists to get in.
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March 10, 2004 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
Almost one-third of Ventura County schools last year surpassed a stringent state target set for academic accomplishment, nearly twice the number of local campuses that achieved that distinction the year before, according to new California school rankings. Sixty schools posted scores of 800 or better on the 2003 Academic Performance Index, the state's annual measure of academic progress. In 2002, only 36 local schools met that target -- one of the state's primary performance goals.
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November 10, 1990 | ADRIANNE GOODMAN
The trip to school Friday was a smooth ride for a dozen students at Loma Vista Elementary School, who were picked up in limousines and dropped off at the Ventura school as a reward for their PTA fund-raising efforts. As the Ventura High School band played and their classmates cheered, the 12 students--top fund-raisers in a school-wide campaign that raised more than $12,000--arrived with their chaperons, Principal Diane Peterson and Supt. Cesare Caldarelli of the Ventura Unified School District.
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February 3, 1999 | DARYL KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Amid new charges of sexual misconduct at the scandal-plagued Ventura School, state Sen. Cathie Wright (R-Simi Valley) demanded the removal Tuesday of top school administrators and the director of the California Youth Authority.
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May 10, 2003 | Erika Hayasaki and Claire Luna, Times Staff Writers
More California students will be forced to pay for public transportation, carpool or walk to school next year because those yellow school buses won't be stopping in their neighborhoods. In response to the state's budget crisis, some cash-starved school districts are scaling back on bus routes or eliminating rides altogether, while others are instituting or raising transportation fees. School officials say cutting down on transportation costs helps save other popular programs, as well as jobs.
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December 23, 2002 | Sandra Murillo, Times Staff Writer
It was only mid-December, but already teachers like Michael Wittlin were bidding some of their students a holiday farewell. Off they went, on extended family vacations south of the border. But before they left Wittlin's Ventura County classroom for rural Mexico, he gave them something to remember him by: homework. Lots of it. Eight-year-old Jasmin Martinez didn't mind.
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