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Award for Bridgeway Island school

Principal Grace Chin (News-Ledger file photo)

NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 16, 2012 —

Bridgeway Island Elementary School was named a “Title I Academic Achievement Award” again this year by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. It’s the second consecutive year for the award.

The honor goes to schools that meet performance standards “meeting the educational needs of students living at or below the poverty line,” according to the Washington Unified School District. Over 6,000 of the 9,000 schools in California qualify, said the district in a press release.

To receive a Title I award, schools must demonstrate progress on student testing and the campuses’ disadvantaged students must achieve at double the improvement goals set for them for two consecutive years.

[adrotate group=”7″]   Bridgeway has an API score of 873, and its subgroups of students have met their goals, said WUSD.

“Congratulations to our staff, students and their families for their commitment to excellence in student achievement,” Principal Grace Chin was quoted in the press release.

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About Riverbank Elementary School…

[adrotate group=”7″] FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

The Bryte & Broderick Community Action Network (BBCAN) invites you to their community meeting on Tuesday, May 8, at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria of Riverbank Elementary School, 1100 Carrie Street.

The meeting will focus on education, with guest speakers including the Riverbank principal and vice principal (Mike Woodcock and Shamryn Cole, respectively) and Superintendent Dayton Gilleland. They will talk about modifications to the campus and K-3 preparation at the school.

‘HEART OF THE CITY’: West Sac’s youth

NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 18, 2012 —


Congratulations to  Stonegate Elementary, the local 2012 boys scholastic basketball champions!

Stonegate was crowned the Washington Unified School District 2012 boys basketball champs after a 47-38 win over Westmore Oaks. As usual, the road wasn’t easy!

Stonegate had an overall record of 6-1. Starting players for Stonegate were Richard Horn, Franklin Stowers,  Kalvin Chavez, Daylen Carter and Adal Rasaphangthong. Alex Yang was the coach.

For Westmore Oaks, Nate Barrett had 15 points, Brian Saeteang 12 points, Savion Washington 10 rebounds and 3 points.

For Westmore Oaks, the road was tough just to get to the championship game. Against Southport, Westmore trailed for three quarters but pulled it out in the fourth quarter for a 33-31 win. Westmore standouts included. Nate Barrett 9 points Jesse Zalasky 15 rebounds. Coaches were Ron Ruaro and  Willow Daykin

Congratulations on another great season.

Something new has been added!

[adrotate group=”9″]   Well, not brand-new, but United States Youth Volleyball League is up and spiking, thanks to Tammy and Steve Bacon, the River City volleyball coaches.

They run a great program while recognizing that their girls and their league coaches have not had as much volleyball experience as they’ve had in other sports. Each girl gets her own volleyball and a T shirt uniform. Heck, even us coaches get a shirt!

They have a preseason coaches clinic, and once a week for an hour practice is another coached clinic, with each practice scripted as to what basic skills will be taught that day. Then, Tammy and Steve walk around and help the coaches and players learn the basics. After an hour of practice it is not unusual for the players to comment, “Wow that was fast – we’re done already?”

The league has four age groups and game days against Folsom and Elk Grove are on the way/  You can see the teams at River City High School on Saturday mornings, over by the tennis courts, spiking and  serving away.

[adrotate group=”10″]   Heck, when a challenger for the state championship , Union Mine High School, is in your high school’s league, why not start a youth program and catch up? Way to go Tammy and Steve!

Noting, quoting and emoting:

Congratulations to  District  6 Little League for submitting a proposal to O.C. Jones Company TLC program and receiving  a grant chosen from hundreds of proposals. The grant will help the City and West Sacramento Little League make improvements at Memorial Park, home of West Sacramento Little League.

Congrats to Centennial Rotary Club of West Sacramento and member Tony Schwall for coordinating and  sponsoring a Rotary Youth Exchange student from West Sacramento to Chile and hosting a student from Japan. Now, Uvaldo Perez of West Sacramento will be sponsored to go to Austria! Wow, Austria for a year! Cool.

Finally hats off to the  River City  Girls J.V. and  varsity soccer teams. We are all familiar with the extreme cold and rain this past month but these girls are out there in it, practicing every day and play.

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Committee: don’t sell school land

NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 21, 2012 —

A citizen’s committee charged with studying the real estate owned by Washington Unified School District has recommended that the district not sell off any “surplus” property at this time.

But the committee recommended that WUSD “evaluate the advantage of consolidation of site usage or joint facility usage to make any future liquidation easier.”

“For example,” it told district officials, “if the District Administrative Offices (at 930 Westacre Road) were moved from their current location, the city block they vacate would become more marketable for development. . . (T)he District Offices, the Yolo Education Center, and surrounding properties hold a higher potential for development based on the proximity to transit and city services.”

[adrotate group=”7″]   Committee members were Carrie Buchmiller, Dani Langford, Ron Morazzini, Karri Pina, Diane Smith, Matthew Wilkins, Patricia Flint, Larry Langford, Don Stauffer, Henry Walker and Dave Blake.

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Board restores p.m. school buses at RCHS


West Sacramento’s school board voted 3-0 on March 15 to restore plans for afternoon bus service from River City High School next year(with trustees Dave Westin and Mary Leland absent). A previous board vote had slated afternoon service at RCHS to be canceled.

[adrotate group=”9″]   The board left in place its plans to cut bus service to local K-8 schools in Washington Unified School District for most kids next year.

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Voters lukewarm on school bond


By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

West Sacramento’s school board appeared interested in pursuing a new local school bond or parcel tax on November’s ballot, despite a poll showing tepid public support for the idea right now.

TERESA BLACKMER: President of West Sac's school board

At the board’s meeting on Feb. 23, district officials heard a report from their polling consultant, Jonathan Kaufman of Solem & Associates.

“We interviewed a sampling of 400 randomly selected voters in the school district,” Kaufman told the board.

One of the questions posed was whether such voters would support a $55 million bond that would cost a “typical” homeowner $88 per year in extra taxes. Such a bond on a general election ballot would need 55 percent of the vote to pass. The poll showed 39 percent support, so “we’re quite a ways away,” said Kaufman.

One probably reason is the economy, he added.

“We’re in a ‘down’ economy, people are (having trouble) paying mortgages, there’s high unemployment, and the 2007 (school bond) measure failed,” he said.  On the other hand, voters responded positively to some of the specific plans that were floated during the interviews, including the offer of creating a citizen’s committee to oversee how the tax money is spent. They also liked some of the ideas their money would be used for.

[adrotate group=”9″]   “They liked the idea of a citizens’ oversight committee, and they liked the idea of fixing leaky roofs,” said Kaufman.

Voters were more receptive to the concept of a smaller bond, such as a $27 million measure that might cost the typical homeowner $44 per year. If there was a large turnout of voters, said Kaufman, such a measure “might squeak through.”

As far as a parcel tax, voters were “way short” of supporting an $80/year measure and slightly shy of adequate support for a $40/year tax.

“Only a $27 million bond issue costing homeowners $30/year of assessed value, or (for the typical homeowner), $44/year, receives the required 55 percent (approval),” said Kaufman of his polling results.

The board had talked about a new bond or tax in order to finish work at the new high school campus, build a career & technical education center elsewhere, and perhaps do work such as fixing roofs and updating fire sprinkler systems. A big part of the campaign, said Kaufman, is convincing people the school district would be trustworthy and responsible with their money. And a lot of that trust comes from the district’s image in the public eye.

“The more you can communicate to the community that you are good at these tasks, the better you will do,” he said. “For public information and education, I think it’s important to do that now. The more you can educate people about all the good things you’ve been doing in the district, the better off you’ll be.”

How might the economy over the next few months affect the vote:

“If people feel things are moving in the right direction. . . they will be more open to spending money out of their pocket for public things,” Kaufman added.

Washington Unified School District has had two years of 20-plus point improvements in its student test scores. Several board members felt the polls showed that West Sacramento voters weren’t adequately aware of these gains and other accomplishments.

[adrotate group=”10″]   “We just went through budget cuts and we didn’t have to lay off teachers,” said board member David Westin. “The numbers coming out of this research are just showing what a mediocre job we’re doing (communicating district success). . . The school district has an unbelievable story to tell. We’re achieving a lot without laying off teachers.”

Board president Teresa Blackmer said that new taxes will be problematic to some:

“There are a lot of people on fixed incomes who would be affected drastically by these kinds of decisions,” she commented.

Board member Adam Menke requested a special meeting just to focus on where any new bond or parcel tax money would go.

“We can talk all day about going for a bond, but the question would be, how much and for what?” said Menke.

The board agreed to tackle those details in a future meeting.

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West Sac news nuggets: Part II


“Mayors for Meals” day is coming up on March 21 and other days in March, says the Elderly Nutrition Program of Yolo County.
Mayors and city council members from throughout Yolo County will volunteer to deliver meals to homebound seniors (in the “Meals on Wheels” service) and will help staff community kitchens and dining rooms run by the Elderly Nutrition Program.
A “Meals on Wheels” operation helps bring hot lunches to West Sacramento shut-ins.


The West Sacramento Elks Lodge is giving away about 600 Webster dictionaries to third graders in the Washington Unified School District. The program is in its fifth year, attempting to help kids become good readers.


[adrotate group=”9″]   The West Sacramento Redevelopment Agency – like other such agencies in California – is being shut down by state law. This “winding down” will be managed by local “successor agencies,” whose oversight boards have room for citizen volunteers.
The successor agencies will help dispose of redevelopment assets and take other needed actions to close the local redevelopment agency. For information about serving on the oversight board, call (530) 666-8195 or visit www.yolocounty.org (go to “government,” then “board of supervisors,” and then “advisory bodies”).


West Sacramento’s school board members last month talked about recent poll results and expressed an interest in pursuing a new bond measure or parcel tax for the November local ballot. If they succeed, they hope to use funds for projects such as school repairs or a new career/technical education center.
More on that topic in next week’s News-Ledger.

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