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Union backs teacher’s wish to support student who attacked him

The Santa Rosa Teachers Association has given Midrose High School teacher Tyler Ahlborn paid work days so the veteran teacher can attend court hearings for the boy who attacked him on campus Nov. 19. Ahlborn was stabbed multiple times about the head and neck in an attack that prompted a schoolwide lockdown and hours-long manhunt just before the Thanksgiving break. Ahlborn has since made multiple appearances in juvenile court proceedings  in support of his student. Notable to the ongoing story… Read More »

SRCS gets first donation for Columbine locks

$25 down, $999,975 to go. In a Close To Home column published in the wake of the school shootings in Newtown, Conn., Santa Rosa Teachers Association President Andy Brennan advocated against calls for arming school teachers. A better strategy, he said, would be to invest in the installation of “Columbine Locks” on all classrooms doors. Columbine locks are locked from the inside with a key, meaning a teacher does not have to exit the classroom to secure a door. It… Read More »

SR board gives Liddell send-off

The Santa Rosa School Board give a long, laudatory sendoff to outgoing Superintendent Sharon Liddell Wednesday night – her last at the helm of Sonoma County’s largest school district. Liddell announced her resignation in February after nine years with the district. Board President Larry Haenel, reading from a text crafted in part by Liddell’s district office colleagues, commended Liddell for her outreach in the larger Santa Rosa community and for her “remarkable leadership.” “I wish to thank you for all… Read More »

Santa Rosa teachers honor 22 top students

Twenty-two outstanding students were honored by the Santa Rosa Teachers Association in an annual ceremony that highlights academics but even more so the students’ citizenship. The winners and their schools: Emmerich Anklam, Santa Rosa High School Amanda Carpenter-Roy, Santa Rosa Charter School for the Arts Claire Anderson, Steele Lane Elementary School Giana Chiddix, Ridgway High School Riley Craig, Proctor Terrace Elementary School Tovi “TJ” Balliao, Comstock Middle School Jennifer Nunez, Helen Lehman Elementary School Jose Solorio, Monroe Elementary School Jonathan… Read More »