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August 12, 1993 | JEFF MEYERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A retired Buena High School principal and an insurance agent who thinks the "public school system is really goofed-up" were among six candidates meeting Wednesday's filing deadline to run for the board of trustees in the Ventura Unified School District. Three of the five seats on the board are up for election Nov. 2. Trustees Terence Kilbride and May Lee Berry are not running, leaving board President John B.
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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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January 8, 1991 | ADRIANNE GOODMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A plan that could change school boundaries across Ventura and affect which schools students attend is scheduled to be unveiled today at a meeting of the Ventura Unified School District. The plan calls for realigning the boundaries that determine where each of the district's 12,000 students goes to school, establishing tracks that would allow the same groups of students to attend school together from kindergarten through 12th grade, and possibly changing existing busing programs.
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March 12, 2008 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Ventura County school officials have sent hundreds of potential pink slips to teachers, classroom aides and counselors as they prepare for cuts in state education funding. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, facing a state budget deficit of at least $8 billion, has suggested 10% across-the-board cuts in education, which has forced school districts to prepare extra lean budgets. State law requires districts to inform certificated employees by Saturday if layoffs are expected.
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May 5, 1992 | KAY SAILLANT
Seven top teachers in the Ventura Unified School District will be honored Thursday during ceremonies at the Doubletree Hotel in Ventura. The teachers will receive Golden Wing awards, so named because the instructors inspire their students to "soar to the heights of their individual potential," said Sylvia McGinnis, the event's organizer. This year's recipients are Bryan Bowman, Chris Mikles, Gregg Norberg, Diane Shaw, Patti Post, Lynn Ramirez and Linda Brug.
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July 11, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
The Ventura Unified School District plans to sell its headquarters on Santa Clara Street and move to a larger site. Employees of the county's third-largest district work in two buildings miles apart and need an additional 20,000 feet, said Joe Richards, an assistant superintendent. A new site has yet to be selected. District officials are working with the city of Ventura to determine the best use for the site before putting it on the market.
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June 11, 1993 | JEFF MEYERS
The Ventura Unified School District and its retired employees have agreed to a health benefits package that will save the district about $500,000 a year. The 700 retirees cost the district more than $3 million in health benefits during the current school year--one of several factors threatening to force the district into insolvency, officials said Tuesday night during a school board meeting.
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February 27, 1992 | CAITLIN ROTHER
After nearly a year of deliberations, Ventura Unified School District officials have set March 10 as the date to choose a plan for redrawing district boundaries and busing high school students. The proposals were developed by a committee of parents who analyzed the controversial boundary changes proposed last year by district administrators and came up with their own plan.
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June 7, 1995 | CATHERINE SAILLANT
The Ventura Unified School District is asking the state to issue 54 emergency teaching permits to cover the number of employees it will have this fall who have not yet obtained the proper teaching credential, officials said Tuesday. School districts typically cannot find enough fully qualified teachers to cover all classes needed during a school year, said Gerald Dannenberg, assistant superintendent of personnel services.
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August 10, 1992 | PATRICK McCARTNEY
Trustees for the Ventura Unified School District will find out Tuesday whether the district will need to find a replacement for Supt. Cesare Caldarelli Jr., who is considering accepting a new post in Illinois. Caldarelli, whose contract runs out in two years, has been seeking other job offers since trustees declined to renew his contract in April. He recently was offered the job of superintendent of the Bensenville Elementary School District but has not informed Ventura officials of his plans.
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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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August 7, 2002 | ANICA BUTLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Beginning Sept. 5, it will be illegal for Ventura youths to be on the streets between 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on school days. Despite protests from parents and concerns raised by one official over possible lawsuits, a split City Council on Monday adopted a daytime curfew called the Safe Students Ordinance. "I am absolutely confident that this ordinance will prove to be an effective tool for our officers" to combat truancy, Police Chief Mike Tracy told the council.
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July 11, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
The Ventura Unified School District plans to sell its headquarters on Santa Clara Street and move to a larger site. Employees of the county's third-largest district work in two buildings miles apart and need an additional 20,000 feet, said Joe Richards, an assistant superintendent. A new site has yet to be selected. District officials are working with the city of Ventura to determine the best use for the site before putting it on the market.
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June 9, 2001 | JENIFER RAGLAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the first court-ordered limit on use of a legal pesticide in Ventura County, a lemon rancher has been barred from spraying on the portion of his orchard closest to an elementary school when students are on campus. The preliminary injunction issued Friday by Judge Henry Walsh also requires rancher Daniel Campbell to notify Ventura Unified School District officials 72 hours before any spraying, and mandates that licensed pest-control advisors be on site during all applications.
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May 5, 2001 | JENIFER RAGLAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Trudy Arriaga's downtown Ventura office is spilling over with two dozen bouquets. Her phone has been ringing almost nonstop for days. And everywhere she goes--be it her old high school or the grocery store--people are congratulating her on her recent achievement: landing the top job in the Ventura Unified School District. But Arriaga, 45, has been around enough to know that it won't be long before the cloud she is walking on solidifies into a grindstone.
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May 2, 2001 | JENIFER RAGLAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Trudy Arriaga, a longtime Ventura educator known for her leadership skills and her ability to rejuvenate struggling schools, has been named superintendent of the Ventura Unified School District. "This is a new day for Ventura Unified," said school board President Debbie Golden, confirming that the board had unanimously chosen Arriaga, the district director of support services, after interviewing her and five other candidates over the weekend.
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May 13, 1993 | JEFF MEYERS
The board of the Ventura Unified School District has voted to raise residential and commercial development fees. Voting unanimously at the district meeting Tuesday night, board members agreed to increase residential fees from $1.50 a square foot to $2.65, and commercial fees from 25 cents a square foot to 27 cents.
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May 24, 1996 | STEPHANIE BROMMER
Two educators were chosen Thursday as Ventura's Teachers of the Year. Mickey Perry of Ventura High School and Sherry Rosenberg of Saticoy Elementary School will represent the Ventura Unified School District in a countywide competition for nomination as state teacher of the year. "They really represent the qualities all of our exemplary teachers have," said Beth Fruchey, a member of the district's Golden Wings Awards committee. "It was a hard choice."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2001
When a chemical is designed to kill something--be it rat, bug, fungus or weed--it just makes common sense for people to consume as little of it as possible. Regardless of what dosage of a particular substance might be deemed acceptable by regulatory agencies, limiting total exposure can only be a good idea. That's especially true for children, whose smaller size and higher activity level makes them especially vulnerable.
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