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 Nov 2007 - Measure B Passes

Measure B, the ballot measure to consolidate four school districts in northern Sacramento County, passed in Tuesday’s election with a 60 percent voter approval.

The vote will consolidate Rio Linda Union, Grant Joint Union High School, North Sacramento, and Del Paso Heights School Districts into a new unified preschool through 12th grade school district.

The new district will take effect on July 1, 2008 and will serve more than 30,000 students.

Along with the measure, voters chose seven trustees:

  • Janis R. Green, Area 1
  • Michelle Rivas, Area 2
  • Alecia K. Eugene-Chasten, Area 3
  • Bob Bastian, Area 4
  • Cortez Quinn, Area 5
  • Roger Westrup, Area 6
  • Linda Fowler, Area 7

The first board meeting for the new district will take place Tuesday, November 27th at the Lions Gate Ballroom at McClellan Park. The meeting will start at 6 p.m. and is open to the public.

 Additional Art Training Offered

Are you looking for a positive way to volunteer at your child’s school? You could begin by becoming an art docent!

An art docent is a volunteer who, after the training sessions, arranges a time to come into a classroom and conduct a lesson on famous artists.

 The training will take place on a series of Fridays at the North Highlands Antelope Library on Antelope and Walerga from 9:30 to 2:30 on the following dates.

Presentation Skills and Art Lessons:

 Sept. 7 & 28

Oct. 26 & Nov. 2

Jan. 18 & 25

 You need to attend both the presentation and arts lesson trainings to become an “Art Docent”.

Free Art Training for Parent Volunteers - Sept. 7 and 28

Are you looking for a positive way to volunteer at your child’s school? You could begin by becoming an art docent!

 An art docent is a volunteer who, after the training sessions, arranges a time to come into a classroom and conduct a lesson on famous artists.

 The training will take place on two Fridays in September at the North Highlands Antelope Library on Antelope and Walerga from 9:30 to 2:30 on both September 7th and 28th.

You must attend both trainings to become an “Art Docent”.

 Please sign up and reserve your spot by calling:

Patches Kolb at Educational Services at 566-1600 ex: 1358

 Bring a bag lunch and we will provide iced tea and water.

Childcare will not be provided.

 Space will be limited so be sure to sign up early.

February 20, 2007

Public Forums Planned for North Area Reorganization

North Sacramento -The effort to reorganize four north area school districts took a step forward recently with the approval of a proposed plan of new trustee regions by the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE). The reorganization would create a new district to include schools currently in the Rio Linda, North Sacramento, Grant, and Del Paso School Districts and affect more than 30,000 students in the North Sacramento area.

The approved trustee plan will move forward with the overall North Area Reorganization Petition for a State Board of Education (SBE) vote on March 7, 2007. Should SBE approve the petition, voters in the area could decide on the new district and potential trustees as early as February 2008.

The idea to reorganize the north area school districts is not new. The Rio Linda Union School District (RLUSD) leadership has long recognized the need to create a new Preschool through 12th grade system to improve academic consistency and accountability, administrative cost-savings, and fiscal management.

The RLUSD will be hosting a series of forums to give the public an opportunity to discuss the proposed North Area Unified School District. The first three forums will take place at 6 p.m. at Foothill Oaks Elementary on March 8th, Regency Park Elementary on March 12th, and Joyce Elementary on March 13th. For more information, please contact Trinette Marquis at 916-566-1789.

February 14, 2007

North Area Unified School District Takes a Step Forward

North Sacramento, CA –The effort to reorganize four north area school districts took a step forward today with the approval of a proposed plan of new trustee regions by the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE). The reorganization would create a new district to include schools currently in the Rio Linda, North Sacramento, Grant, and Del Paso School Districts and affect more than 30,000 students in the North Sacramento area. The approved trustee plan will move forward with the overall North Area Reorganization Petition for a State Board of Education (SBE) vote on March 7, 2007. Should SBE approve the petition, voters in the area could decide on the new district and potential trustees as early as February 2008.

The idea to reorganize the north area school districts is not new. The Rio Linda Union School District (RLUSD) leadership has long recognized the need to create a new Preschool through 12th grade system to improve academic consistency and accountability, administrative cost-savings, and fiscal management. “Our goal is to get this to a vote of the residents who deserve an opportunity to finally decide this important issue after decades of debate,” RLUSD Superintendent Frank Porter said.

RLUSD Trustee Elizabeth Mitchell is quick to point out the benefit of approving the reorganization. “With new leadership, the same high academic standards will be applied throughout the proposed district and at all levels.” According to the RLUSD, other benefits of the Reorganization include improving elementary, middle and high school transitions and accountability; consolidated services which will free up funding for classroom programs, books, and supplies; and better university and technical career preparation that will allow students to specialize earlier in their academic career, following a path that is consistent at each level.

“This is a great step on the path to responsible and accountable north area school governance,” said RLUSD Trustee Michelle Rivas. “It has been a long struggle to get to this point, and I hope the voters will understand and appreciate the opportunity to accomplish the most significant educational improvement in this region in the past 20 years or more.”

In fact, the RLUSD expects there to be many questions from parents, teachers, and the community about the Reorganization. Issues of governance, employee job security, and a transition timeline are pending matters. “I assure you that there will be much opportunity to hear from our employees, parents and community members as part of a comprehensive outreach effort,” Porter said. The RLUSD will be hosting a series of forums in March and April to give the public an opportunity to discuss the Reorganization Proposal.

January 15, 2007

Creative K-8 Charter School Offers Unique Experiences

North Highlands, CA -The Rio Linda Union School District is pleased to announce applications are now available for the Creative Connections Arts Academy (CCAA), a kindergarten through 8th grade charter public school open to all California students. The CCAA was established to provide students and parents with an alternative to the traditional school experience.

It is perfect for those students and parents who value the visual and performing arts, envision a balanced and integrated education, and want a smaller school environment with a challenging academic curriculum. The CCAA activities encourage children to interact with their community through voluntary service learning and involvement with the business sector. In addition, parents must commit to volunteer 30 hours of their time with school-related functions throughout the school year.

The CCAA is a free public school, accountable to the Board of Trustees of the RLUSD and all CCAA teachers are fully credentialed. Visual and performing arts professionals are brought in to extend and support the curriculum. The school will host two New Student Information Nights in February. The first will be Tuesday, February 13th at Regency Park School, 5901 Bridgecross Drive, Sacramento from 6:00 to 7:30 PM. The second will be Tuesday, February 20th at Holmes School, 7201 Arutas Drive, North Highlands from 6:00 to 7:30 PM.

The CCAA application is available on-line at www.rlusd.org. Completed CCAA applications must be turned in before the March 16th deadline to be considered. The CCAA is located at 7201 Arutas Drive in North Highlands, CA. Parents are welcome and should arrange visits in advance by calling the school at (916) 566-1870.

January 10, 2007

Oakdale School Neighborhood Watch to Form

North Highlands, CA -An arsonist struck Oakdale Elementary School about 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 10th, destroying the playground. The event is just the latest in a series of attacks on the school, including several fires started on and around the school grounds in the past five months.

In response, the Rio Linda School District sponsored a community meeting at the school on Tuesday, January 16th at 5 p.m. The Starbucks on Watt Avenue and Roseville Road donated coffee for the event, and asked the public to donate money and playground items to their store for Oakdale students. The fire and sheriffs departments attended, and a Neighborhood Watch list was started.

The Neighborhood Watch group will be meeting again next week on Tuesday, January 23rd at 6 p.m. in the community center on the Oakdale campus at 3708 Myrtle Avenue. For more information about joining the group, call Oakdale School at 566-1910 or attend the meeting on the 23rd.