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Windsor names Jorgensen to top post

Cloverdale School District Superintendent Steve Jorgensen has been named to the top post at Windsor School District. Jorgensen, who will begin with Windsor on July 1, takes over for interim superintendent Barbara Young who took over Sonoma County’s fourth largest school district in December following the resignation of former superintendent Tammy Gabel. Gabel resigned in November after two years at the helm. Windsor is trying to emerge from a bleak financial time during which it slashed its budget, resulting in… Read More »

Six local science wizards heading for state competition

Six students will represent Sonoma County at the state science fair next month after winning top marks at the Synopsys-Sonoma County Science Fair last Saturday. The top scientist are: •    Alexandra Garber, Grade 8, The Presentation School •    Marion Hall-Zazueta, Grade 8, Orchard View School •    Nicole Hanson, Grade 8, St. Francis Solano School •    Satya Karri, Grade 10, Technology High School •    Eliza Neeley, Grade 8, Altimira Middle School •    Alia Salomon, Grade 11, Technology High School The 156… Read More »

County office will pay Young’s salary in Windsor stint

Barbara Young, the former superintendent of Sonoma Valley Unified School District who spent the bulk of her career in various administrative positions in the Mill Valley School District in Marin County, will be paid an amount not to exceed $40,000 for six months of service to the Windsor School District, according to the Sonoma County Office of Education. The county office is paying Young’s salary. Windsor remains in budgetary difficulty and is still required to have a fiscal minder after… Read More »

New school bus rules call for punctuality

With the start of the new school year, parents and students are being reminded that a new school bus policy is in place that prevents buses from waiting for tardy students. In the past, buses would sit for several minutes with their amber lights flashing to wait for late-arriving students, then engage their flashing red lights when the students arrived, according to officials from the Sonoma County Office of Education. This practice is now prohibited. Buses cannot stop for more… Read More »

Bellevue’s Dawson named Sonoma County teacher of the year

Bellevue Elementary School teacher Pattie Dawson has been named the Sonoma County Teacher of the Year by the Sonoma County Office of Education. Dawson, a 15-year veteran who has spent her entire career Bellevue’s Primrose Avenue campus, was selected from a pool of nominees from throughout Sonoma County’s 40 school districts. Dawson’s classroom was described as a place where “creative, stimulating, and interactive learning takes place and she is highly resourceful in helping her students succeed,” according to the county.… Read More »

Tech High dominates county science fair

A record number of schools participated in the annual Sonoma County Science Fair Feb. 23, with six entries earning top marks. Of the more than 120 middle and high school students who participated, a total of 44 students earned blue ribbons in the contest, thereby securing a spot at the San Francisco Bay Area Science Fair March 18-21. Tech High in Rohnert Park took five of the six top projects with the following students at the helm: Olivia Songster, William… Read More »

Redwood Credit Union offering free financial academy

The Redwood Credit Union, in partnership with the Sonoma County Office of Education, is again hosting a free financial literacy academy for teens. Following the curriculum developed by the National Endowment for Financial Education, the 16-hour course focuses on budgeting, financial planning, saving and investing, credit and debt management and other skills related to managing money. The Financial Academy will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 19 and 20 and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.… Read More »

Info fair for families of special needs students

The Sonoma County Office of Education will host the annual “Transition Fair” for students with special needs and their families. The event is designed to help students and their families learn about services that assist those with special needs as they transition from school to adulthood. Information will be provided on residential options, adult day programs, vocational training, employment, health services and others. The event is free and runs from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Feb. 27 at SCOE… Read More »

A snapshot of Sonoma County schools

In the annual report to the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, the folks from the Sonoma County Office of Education recently gave an overview of demographics and stats from area schools. A quick look: 40 school districts 176 school sites 70,688 students 92 percent of county’s school age population attend public campuses 15,800 – 22 percent – students are English learners 52 percent of Sonoma County’s Latino students are English learners More than 30,500 students – 43 percent of all… Read More »

Forum on Props. 30 and 38 scheduled

A panel discussion of propositions 30 and 38 hosted by the Sonoma County Office of Education and United Way of the Wine Country is scheduled for Oct. 4. The two propositions, one backed by Gov. Jerry Brown and the other by lawyer Molly Munger, would increase taxes to support public education. Margaret Weston, a fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California and Edgar Cabral, an analyst with the California Legislative Analyst’s Office will offer an overview of each proposition… Read More »